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Endgame: Pension De-risking - Focus on Plan Terminations
As market volatility continues and interest rates rise, plan sponsors are expressing increased interest in the ultimate settlement of their pension obligations. During this session Chris O'Keefe and Dean Nicholas from WTW will provide a brief overview of the spectrum of pension risk transfer opportunities and focus on the operational aspects plan terminations including data readiness, key milestones and timeline, and required notices and filings.

Top Three Takeaways:
-Overview of spectrum of pension risk management actions and plan terminations
-Timeline and project plan associated with different pension risk management actions and plan terminations
-Required notifications and filings as part of pension risk management actions and plan terminations

Oct 18, 2022 12:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Dean E. Nicholas, FSA, EA, MAAA
Director, Investments @WTW
Dean Nicholas currently serves on the leadership team for WTW’s Pooled Employer Plan (PEP) solution, where he functions as project manager for its development. Prior to this, Dean was a lead retirement consultant and actuary in WTW’s Detroit office. He has over 12 years of experience consulting in the areas of post-retirement benefit plan valuations, design and administration. Dean also has extensive pension risk management experience having spent his career advising and guiding clients through numerous pension risk transfer actions including lump sum windows, annuity placements and plan terminations. Dean has a B.S. in statistics with a specialization in actuarial science from Michigan State University. He is a fellow of the Society of Actuaries, an enrolled actuary under ERISA and a member of the American Academy of Actuaries.
Christian O’Keefe, ASA, EA, FCA
Senior Director, Retirement @WTW
Chris O’Keefe is a Lead Retirement Consultant and Actuary with responsibility for managing relationships with some of WTW’s largest clients in the Michigan and Northwest Ohio market. Additionally, Chris is part of WTW’s Plan Termination Group, helping clients with the preparation and execution of defined benefit plan terminations. He has over two decades of consulting experience, which includes serving as the valuation actuary for retirement and other post-employment benefit plans and assisting clients with the design, implementation and pricing of these plans. He also serves clients as a strategic advisor with regard to de-risking their retirement benefits through settlement actions. Chris received his Bachelor of Science degree in actuarial sciences from the University of Michigan. He is an Associate of the Society of Actuaries, an Enrolled Actuary with the Joint Board and a Fellow of the Conference of Consulting Actuaries.