Guardian promotes DiManni to deputy general counsel

May 19, 2020
Insurer won the 2019 Corporate Governance Award for best overall governance at a private company

The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America has promoted Margherita DiManni to the position of senior vice president and deputy general counsel.

In her new role, DiManni reports to Kermitt Brooks, Guardian’s executive vice president and general counsel. She helps guide the company’s enterprise-wide legal, compliance, corporate governance and government affairs functions with an emphasis on M&A, corporate finance, capital markets, corporate real estate and other strategic initiatives.

Guardian, a mutual company with policyholders rather than shareholders, won the 2019 Corporate Governance Award for best overall governance for a private company.

DiManni also serves as a director of Guardian Investor Services, a holding company for Guardian’s fee-based businesses, and Broadshore Capital Partners, a Los Angeles-based real estate investment management affiliate of Guardian.

She has worked at Guardian for 22 years in a variety of positions within the company’s law, compliance and government affairs departments. Since 2014 she has been corporate advisory and transactions counsel, managing legal support for Guardian’s corporate tax, employment, employee benefit, investments, outsourcing and vendor contracting matters. She served as Guardian’s interim general counsel following the departure of Eric Dinallo in February.

Dinallo returned to Debevoise & Plimpton as partner and chair of its insurance regulatory practice and to join the law firm’s financial institutions and white collar and regulatory defense groups. Before working at Guardian, he was a partner in the financial institutions group at Debevoise from 2010 until 2017, and earlier was superintendent of insurance for New York State.

Before joining Guardian, DiManni was an associate and later counsel in the corporate and project finance departments at Chadbourne & Parke.

‘Margherita has extensive experience and deep knowledge of our business, and I look forward to working together,’ Brooks says in a statement. ‘Her expertise and guidance are of great benefit to our customers and policyholders.’

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