Building a franchise across the insurance value chain

Mission

Our mission is to build a franchise across the insurance value chain. With extensive experience as owner-operators of numerous insurance and financial services businesses, we believe we have a competitive advantage in building a unique platform over the long term.

Nassau Re currently has consolidated assets of $17.0 billion. Our existing subsidiaries specialize in life insurance, annuities, long term care and other insurance products, as well as asset management, life insurance sales and distribution, and long-term reinsurance.

Nassau Re was founded in 2015 with an equity seed capital commitment of $750 million provided by Golden Gate Capital, a private investment firm with over $15 billion of committed capital.

Family

Life Insurance

Universal life, fixed indexed universal life, whole and term life insurance

Retirement

Annuities

Fixed indexed annuities, traditional fixed, immediate annuities

Elder Care

Long Term Care

Individual, group, association & riders on other types of policies

Our executive team

We attract and retain the top insurance talent in the industry.

Founders
Phil Gass
Phil Gass
Chairman, CEO,
& Co-Founder
Kostas Cheliotis
Kostas Cheliotis
COO, General Counsel
& Co-Founder
Olga Kaplan
Olga Kaplan Buland
Deputy General Counsel
George Esposito
George Esposito
Deputy General Counsel
Peter Gilman
Peter Gilman
Managing Director
Alex_Jackson
Alex Jackson
Managing Director - Bank Loan
Portfolio Management
Lee Launer
Lee Launer
Board Member,
Senior Advisor
Dan McCoach
Richard Daniel McCoach
Chief Information Officer
 
Justin Mosbo
Justin Mosbo
Chief Pricing Officer
Bill Petak
Bill Petak
President, CEO & Founder of
CorAmerica Capital, LLC
Tom Williams
Tom Williams
Chief Financial Officer
Vernon Young
Vernon Young
Chief Risk Officer
Phil Gass
Phil Gass
Chairman, Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder
Mr. Gass has served as Chairman and CEO of Nassau Re since its formation in April 2015. Mr. Gass previously served as Chairman and Director of Fidelity & Guaranty Life (NYSE: FGL) from 2011 through 2015. Mr. Gass also previously served as Managing Director of Investments at HRG Group Inc. (NYSE: HRG) where he was responsible for HRG and its affiliates’ investments in financial services. Prior to joining HRG and its affiliates in 2008, Mr. Gass served as Vice President of GE Capital, where he was responsible for underwriting and managing private equity investments from 2004 to 2008. He held roles at Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein and the Sumitomo Bank. Mr. Gass received a B.S. in Finance from New York University and is a CFA charter holder.
Kostas Cheliotis
Kostas Cheliotis
Chief operating Officer, General Counsel & Co-Founder
Mr. Cheliotis has served as Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel of Nassau Re since its formation in April 2015. Mr. Cheliotis previously served as Senior Vice President and Deputy General Counsel of HRG Group, Inc. (NYSE: HRG), where he focused on investments in financial services including insurance, reinsurance and asset management. He also previously served as Director & Chairman of the Compensation Committee of Fidelity & Guaranty Life (NYSE: FGL). Prior to joining HRG and FGL in 2010, Mr. Cheliotis was a senior associate in the M&A Group at Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy. He received his B.A. from St. John’s University, magna cum laude and his J.D. from New York Law School, summa cum laude, where he was a member of the Law Review.
Olga Kaplan
Olga Kaplan Buland
Deputy General Counsel
Ms. Buland began her career as an associate at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP in New York City. Ms. Buland’s practice focused on advising insurance clients on major litigation relating to mergers and acquisitions, reinsurance transactions, regulatory matters, and other contractual and fiduciary disputes. Ms. Buland obtained her B.A. magna cum laude from Wellesley College, where she was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, and her J.D. from Columbia Law School, where she was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. Ms. Buland clerked on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia for Judge Anthony J. Trenga, and she is a member of the New York City Bar’s Federal Courts Committee.
George Esposito
George Esposito
Deputy General Counsel
Prior to joining Nassau Reinsurance Group, Mr. Esposito was a senior associate in the Corporate and Securities Group of Pepper Hamilton in New York City. From 2008 to 2014, Mr. Esposito was an associate in the M&A Group at Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy. Mr. Esposito has advised private investment firms and public companies in connection with buyout transactions, add-on acquisitions, divestitures, recapitalizations, financings, mergers, equity investments and restructurings. Mr. Esposito received his B.A. in Economics and Political Science from Boston College and his J.D. from New York Law School, cum laude, where he was a member of the Law Review. Mr. Esposito has been recognized as a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers.
Peter Gilman
Peter Gilman
Managing Director
Mr. Gilman began his career with AEGON in 1989, where he founded and served as President & Chief Executive Officer of AEGON’s Extraordinary Markets Division. Mr. Gilman oversaw a team of approximately 300 employees that worked to develop and grow AEGON’s fully integrated global business insurance solutions platform. He helped build the Extraordinary Markets Division into one of the largest COLI, BOLI, UHNW and Executive Benefit manufacturing and distribution platforms in the marketplace. More recently, Mr. Gilman served as Chief Executive Officer of Carbry Capital from 2010 to 2015. Carbry Capital is a platform that partners with others in the financial industry to help create and integrate innovative strategies, products and distribution platforms. Mr. Gilman received a BS in finance from Iowa State University.
Alex Jackson
Alex Jackson
Managing Director - Bank Loan Portfolio Management
Mr. Jackson has worked in the financial services industry since 1990 and is focused on building a product suite that includes CLO management and other forms of bank loan investment portfolios. Mr. Jackson has expertise in CDO management, structured finance and high yield debt investment. Prior to joining Nassau Re, Mr. Jackson headed Insight Investments’ Bank Loans Team in affiliation with Cutwater Asset Management (Cutwater) and BNY Mellon. Prior to joining Cutwater in 2013, Mr. Jackson was Deputy Chief Investment Officer and CLO portfolio manager at CIFC Corp. He also previously served as a portfolio manager at J.H. Whitney & Company. Mr. Jackson started the first portion of his career originating and structuring non-investment grade corporate loans at financial institutions including ING and National Westminster Bank. He received his formal credit training at Comerica Bank and has a BA in European History from Vanderbilt University, a Master of International Affairs (MIA) degree from Columbia University and an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin.
Lee Launer
Lee Launer
Board Member, Senior Advisor
Mr. Leland C. Launer, Jr. began his career at MetLife, where he held several leadership positions throughout a 28-year career. Mr. Launer served as President of Institutional Business from 2005 to 2007, during which time he successfully assembled teams to compete in highly mature markets. As Chief Investment Officer from 2003 to 2005, Mr. Launer oversaw a $300 billion investment portfolio. In addition to his tenure at MetLife, he previously served as Chairman of the Board for Reinsurance Group of America and was also an active board member at MetLife Bank. More recently, Mr. Launer served as CEO & President of Fidelity & Guaranty Life (NYSE: FGL). Mr. Launer is a trustee at the University of Redlands, where he completed his Bachelor of Science in Chemistry before obtaining an M.B.A. at the University of Southern California.
Dan McCoach
Richard Daniel McCoach
Chief Information Officer
Mr. McCoach previously served PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) as Director, Insurance Advisory from 2010 through 2015, where he helped clients define and achieve transformational and operational results. Mr. McCoach also previously served as Vice President of Operations, Towers Watson Reinsurance Brokerage (NYSE: TW) from 2006 through 2010, where he managed accounting, analytics and key IT initiatives. Prior to joining Towers Watson in 2010, Mr. McCoach served as Senior Manager with KPMG/BearingPoint from 1999 through 2006, and as a Practice Manager for Sybase from 1996 through 1999. Mr. McCoach received his B.B.A in Computer Sciences from Temple University, Philadelphia.
Justin Mosbo
Justin Mosbo
Chief Pricing Officer
Mr. Mosbo previously served as Vice President, Reinsurance Actuary for Global Atlantic where he focused on the structuring and underwriting of life and annuity reinsurance transactions. Prior to this, he served as Senior Manager in Ernst & Young’s New York office from 2011 to 2015 where he helped clients with the actuarial due diligence, risk analysis, valuation and purchase accounting of life and annuity mergers and acquisitions. Prior to joining Ernst & Young he spent seven years at Transamerica focusing on ALM, economic capital model development and two years executing internal reinsurance transactions as Chief Risk Officer of a large Bermuda affiliate. Mr. Mosbo is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries, a Member of the American Academy of Actuaries, a CFA charter holder and holds the Professional Risk Manager certification. He received his B.A in Math/Statistics from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa.
Bill Petak
Bill Petak
President, CEO & Founder of CorAmerica Capital, LLC
Mr. Petak has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of CorAmerica Capital, LLC since its formation in May 2009. He manages the company’s day-to-day business. He is responsible for the firm’s operations and investments and is a member of the investment committee. Bill has over 30 years of experience in the finance industry and held several leadership positions at SunAmerica Inc., American International Group, Inc. (“AIG”), GreenPark Financial, and Pacific Financial Group. Mr. Petak graduated from the University of Southern California with a BS in Finance and Business Economics in 1983. He is a member of the Mortgage Bankers Association, CRE Financial Council, the Life Mortgage and Real Estate Officer Council, and the President’s Council of The Real Estate Roundtable; he serves on the board of directors for KBS Strategic Opportunity REIT, Inc. and is a founding member of the Board for the Richard S. Ziman Center for Real Estate at UCLA and previously served as its chairman.
Tom Williams
Tom Williams
Chief Financial Officer
Prior to joining Nassau Reinsurance Group, Mr. Williams served as a director of Fidelity & Guaranty Life (NYSE: FGL) and was EVP & CFO of HRG Group Inc. (NYSE: HRG). Mr. Williams also served as a director of Front Street Re (a Cayman Islands-based reinsurer). Prior to joining HRG, Mr. Williams was President & CEO of RDA Holding Co., the parent company of Reader’s Digest. Previously, Mr. Williams was RDA’s CFO. Prior to that, Mr. Williams served as EVP & CFO for Affinion Group Holdings, Inc., a portfolio company of Apollo Management, L.P. Prior to that, Mr. Williams spent more than 21 years with AT&T, Inc. and held a progression of senior financial and officer positions. Mr. Williams received a BA in Economics from the University of South Florida.
Vernon Young
Vernon Young
Chief Risk Officer
Mr. Young previously served as Chief Risk Officer of Front Street Re (a Cayman Islands-based reinsurer), where his responsibilities included asset-liability management, maintaining capital adequacy, investment portfolio quality monitoring, and regulatory reporting. Prior to Front Street Re, Mr. Young served in various positions within GE Capital, primarily as Vice President – GE Energy Financial Service where he underwrote debt, mezzanine, and equity investments in the energy sector. After graduating from The University of Virginia, Mr. Young held various positions within United Technologies focusing on Strategy & Business Development. Prior to pursuing his M.B.A., Mr. Young was a Senior Auditor with Deloitte & Touché, LLP in their Greater Washington, DC practice. Mr. Young received a B.S. in Accounting from North Carolina A&T State University, and an M.B.A. from The University of Virginia – Darden School of Business.

Press

Nassau Reinsurance Group Holdings Completes Acquisition of Traditional Insurance Business from Universal American"

Nassau Reinsurance Group Holdings Completes Acquisition of The Phoenix Companies"

Nassau to Acquire Universal American's Traditional Insurance Business"

Nassau Reinsurance Group to Acquire The Phoenix Companies…"

Nassau Reinsurance to Take Phoenix Cos. Private in $217.2 Million Deal"

Nassau Reinsurance Group Raises over $750 Million of Initial Capital to Build Insurance and Reinsurance Platform"

Golden Gate is joining peers attracted to the business of selling annuities, which are savings and retirement-income products, as well as life insurance... The company will be led by insurance-industry executives Phillip Gass and Kostas Cheliotis."

Our Affiliates

We are building a strong network of partners

Phoenix
Saybrus
NAMCO
Nassau Re Cayman
Constitution Life
CorAmerica
Nassau Corporate Credit
Golden Gate Capital

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