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American Equity names executive officers

American Equity Investment Life Holding announced the following changes to its executive officers: John M. Matovina was named Chief Executive Officer and President. Matovina, age 58, was previously Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer and was serving as interim Chief Executive Officer and President. Matovina has served on American Equity's board since 2000 and has also served as Vice Chairman since 2003. Ted M. Johnson was named Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer. Johnson, age 42, was previously VP - Controller. Prior to joining American Equity in August 2000, Johnson was a senior manager with Ernst & Young LLP working primarily on audit clients in the insurance industry.