The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America announced Kermitt Brooks has joined the company as executive vice president and general counsel.

Brooks will lead Guardian’s Legal, Regulatory, Compliance and Government Relations functions and oversee all corporate governance activities. He will serve on the company’s Executive Leadership Team and report directly to Deanna Mulligan, Guardian’s chief executive officer. He succeeds Eric Dinallo, who left Guardian in February.

Brooks joins Guardian from AXA Equitable Life Insurance Company, where he was senior executive director and general counsel, overseeing all legal, regulatory, compliance, and government affairs for the company. He joined the organization in 2010 and held several senior legal roles.