RICHMOND, Va., Sept. 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Genworth Financial, Inc. (NYSE: GNW) announces that it has elected Melina E. Higgins to serve as a new independent director. Higgins, 45, retired from a nearly 20-year career at The Goldman Sachs Group in 2010, having been named a managing director in 2001 and a partner in 2002. During her tenure at Goldman, she served as head of the Americas and co-chairperson of the Investment Advisory Committee for the GS Mezzanine Partners funds, which managed over $30 billion of assets. She also served as a member of the Investment Committee for the Principal Investment Area, which oversaw and approved global private equity and private debt investments. Goldman's Principal Investment Area was one of the largest alternative asset managers in the world. Higgins has served as an independent director of Mylan, Inc. since February 2013. "Melina's investment experience and background in financial services bring a valuable perspective to the board as it continues to work with management to rebuild shareholder value," said James S. Riepe, Genworth non-executive chairman of the board. Higgins holds a B.A. in Economics and Spanish from Colgate University and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. Higgins' election to Genworth's board of directors increases the size of the board from nine to ten directors. About Genworth Financial Genworth Financial, Inc. (NYSE: GNW) is a leading Fortune 500 insurance holding company dedicated to helping people secure their financial lives, families and futures. Genworth has leadership positions in offerings that assist consumers in protecting themselves, investing for the future and planning for retirement -- including life insurance, long term care insurance, and financial protection coverages -- and mortgage insurance that helps consumers achieve home ownership while assisting lenders in managing their risk and capital. Genworth operates through three divisions: U.S. Life Insurance, which includes life insurance, long term care insurance and fixed annuities; Global Mortgage Insurance, containing U.S. Mortgage Insurance and International Mortgage Insurance segments; and the Corporate and Other division, which includes the International Protection and Runoff segments. Products and services are offered through financial intermediaries, advisors, independent distributors and sales specialists. Genworth, headquartered in Richmond, Virginia, traces its roots back to 1871 and became a public company in 2004. For more information, visit genworth.com. From time to time, Genworth releases important information via postings on its corporate website. Accordingly, investors and other interested parties are encouraged to enroll to receive automatic email alerts and Really Simple Syndication (RSS) feeds regarding new postings. Enrollment information is found under the "Investors" section of genworth.com. Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements This press release includes certain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to our plans, objectives, expectations and intentions and other statements contained in this release that are not historical facts as well as statements identified by words such as expects, anticipates, intends, plans, believes, seeks, estimates, or words of similar meaning. These statements are based on our current beliefs or expectations and are inherently subject to significant uncertainties and changes in circumstances, many of which are beyond our control. Actual results may differ materially from these expectations due to changes in global political, economic, business, competitive, market and regulatory factors. SOURCE Genworth Financial, Inc.