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Mary E. Bates has joined AXA Equitable Life Insurance Company, New York, to lead Underwriting for its life insurance wholesale channel headquartered in Farmington, CT. Subject to Board approval in May, Ms. Bates will become Vice President, Underwriting of AXA Equitable. The announcement was made May 9, by Jamie Shepherdson, Executive Vice President and head of the company’s life and annuity wholesale distribution organization.

Ms. Bates, who reports to Tim Herr, Senior Vice President, Life Wholesale Operations, has overall responsibility for life underwriting policy and individual life risk selection for the wholesale life channel. AXA Equitable proprietary life insurance products are marketed on a wholesale basis primarily to brokerage general agents (BGAs), broker/dealers and independent financial planner producer groups. These products include Athena Universal Life and Athena Survivorship Life, Incentive Life (IL) Series, including IL Legacy and IL Survivorship and the AXA Equitable Level Term Series.

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