Former Vermont Gov. Jim Douglas joins National Life board

MONTPELIER, Vt. - Former Republican Vermont Gov. James H. Douglas has been elected to the Board of Directors of National Life Group. Douglas is a resident of Middlebury.

"Gov. Douglas is a man of unquestioned integrity who brings sound judgment, strong values and broad executive experience to our board," said Mehran Assadi, president and chief executive officer.

"I am honored to be joining the board of National Life Group," said Douglas, who stepped down as governor in January after serving eight years in office.

Douglas served as the Republican governor of Vermont from 2003-2011. Prior to his election as governor, he served 12 years as Vermont's secretary of state and eight years as state treasurer. He also served in the Vermont House of Representatives and as executive assistant to Gov. Richard Snelling (R).

While Douglas served as chairman of the National Governors Association. He also has served as president of the National Association of Secretaries of State, president of the National Association of State Treasurers, and president of the Council of State Governments. He is currently the executive in residence at Middlebury College-his alma mater-and serves on the Governor's Council of the Washington, D.C.-based Bipartisan Policy Center.

The companies of National Life Group, a Fortune 1,000 company, offer financial products, including life insurance, annuities, and investments. As of Dec. 31, 2010, National Life Group held $28.9 billion in assets under management and served in excess of 840,000 customers.

Douglas' election came at the annual meeting of National Life Holding Company on May 13.

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