Everest Re Group, a Bermuda holding company, announced the election of John Graf to its board of directors, effective last month.

Graf retired as chairman, chief executive officer and president of Forethought Financial Group in 2014, following its acquisition by Global Atlantic Financial Group, where he remains as non-executive vice chairman of the board. Prior to joining Forethought in 2006, he served as vice chairman of the board of AXA Financial, and as president and chief operating officer for several of its subsidiaries.

Until 2005, Graf had been executive vice president at AIG, having joined the company when American General was acquired by AIG in 2001. At the time of the acquisition, he was senior vice chairman, responsible for all group retirement plans, annuity and retail investment businesses.

He joined American General in 1998 upon the acquisition of Western National Life Insurance Company. Having started with Conseco in 1987, Graf worked primarily for its subsidiary, Western National Life Insurance Company, where he rose to the position of vice chai and chief marketing and administrative officer before its acquisition by American General.