CHARLOTTE, N.C., May 2, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- On May 1, AXA Equitable Life Insurance Company held a ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the opening of the company's new Life Operations headquarters, located at 8501 IBM Drive in Innovation Park and host to nearly 700 employees. (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130502/NY06730-a ) (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130502/NY06730-b ) The physical design of the Innovation Park work space reflects the organization's emphasis on building a company culture and work environment that is conducive to collaboration and innovation. In this way, Innovation Park's modern, open space design underscores AXA Equitable's focus on growth, employees and customers. The ceremony, which was hosted by Chairman and CEO Mark Pearson and members of the executive leadership team, was both a celebration and an opportunity to outline how the relocation supports AXA Equitable's long-term commitment to its employees, customers and the Charlotte community. Attendees included President Andrew McMahon; Rino Piazzolla, Chief Human Resources Officer; Mike Healy, Chief Information Officer; Manish Agarwal, head of Financial Protection; and Jacquline Morales, head of Life Operations. "AXA Equitable's aspiration is to build our market leadership through innovation, delivering on our promises to our customers and being a trusted partner to our distributors," said Pearson. "To pursue excellence and deliver exceptional value to our customers, we need to create a more open and collaborative work environment, and we are starting here today in Charlotte." About AXA Equitable In business since 1859, AXA Equitable Life Insurance Company (NY, NY) is a leading financial protection company and one of the nation's premier providers of life insurance, annuity, and financial products and services. The company's products and services are distributed to individuals and business owners through its retail distribution channel, AXA Advisors, LLC (member FINRA, SIPC) and to the financial services market through its wholesale distribution channel, AXA Distributors, LLC. Find AXA Equitable on Facebook and Twitter or visit the company's multi-media newsroom The Source @ AXA Equitable.