Government & Policy Affairs (GPA) Team
The political and regulatory processes in Washington, D.C., as well as the states, are integral to the operations of a financial services company like Transamerica. Providing expertise to legislators and regulators on matters relevant to our business, attending legislative and regulatory meetings, organizing visits to our offices by political figures, and providing resources to help employees engage in the political process just barely scratches the surface of what the GPA team does.
Get to Know the Team:
Chief Corporate Affairs Officer
Maurice Perkins is the Chief Corporate Affairs Officer for Transamerica. He joined the company in 2017 and oversees the company’s corporate affirs division. Maurice brings over 15 years of industry experience to Aegon and Transamerica. Prior to joining us, he served twelve years with the American Council of Life Insurers (ACLI), where he led their advocacy team. Before joining the industry, Maurice held senior roles on Capitol Hill on both the Senate Foreign Relations and Senate Banking Committees. Maurice is a member of the U.S. Federal Reserve Bank’s Insurance Policy Advisory Committee (IPAC).
A native of Miami, Florida, Maurice has a Bachelor’s degree from Ithaca College and a Master’s Degree from Columbia University. He and his wife are native Spanish speakers and reside in Maryland with their three daughters. When he’s taking a breather, he’s watching episodes of Shark Tank.
Head of U.S. Government & Policy Affairs
Sean joined Transamerica in December 2019 as Vice President and Senior Director and is currently the Head of U.S. Government & Policy Affairs. Sean has a breadth of experience working in similar advocacy roles for ING US/Voya Financial, Zurich North America, and the American Insurance Association. Prior to his private sector work experience, he worked on the professional staff of the House Banking Committee (since renamed the House Financial Services Committee) on a variety of consumer credit, insurance, and housing issues. Sean also serves as Secretary for Transamerica PAC.
Sean received his undergraduate business degree from Iowa State University, his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center, and his MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management. Outside of family and work commitments, Sean is an avid golfer, cyclist and runner.
Manager, Government & Policy Affairs
Senior Director, State Government AffairsMatt Ahmann has joined the Government & Policy Affairs team as Senior Director, State Government & Policy Affairs, reporting to Sean Cassidy. As a member of the GPA team, Matt will represent Transamerica’s state legislative and regulatory interests before state legislators, state insurance departments (particularly Iowa), and state-based trade associations. Matt joins Transamerica from Principal Financial Group, where he led a team responsible for covering state legislative and regulatory developments nationwide as Assistant Vice President for State Government Relations. Matt has deep expertise in state legislative affairs having represented firms in the insurance industry for more than 20 years. Prior to Principal, Matt served as Assistant General Counsel at AmerUs Life, Indianapolis Life, and Bankers Life, where he served as primary legal advisor to operational departments including new business, underwriting, administration, and policyowner service. Matt earned a bachelor’s degree in social sciences from Mount Marty University, and a juris doctor (J.D.) degree from the William & Mary School of Law. He lives in Des Moines, Iowa.
Chris re-joined Transamerica in 2013 after teaching finance and accounting for five years at a small liberal arts college. Prior to his current role in GPA covering emerging actuarial issues in the U.S., Chris worked in various financial reporting and risk management roles at both Transamerica and Allianz.
Chris is a Fellow in the Society of Actuaries and holds a degree in Mathematics and German from Macalester College, and an MBA from the University of Iowa. Outside of work, he likes to spend time with his family, hike, bike, and run.
Senior Director, Financial Policy
Bill is Transamerica’s Senior Director of Financial Policy, where he engages on issues relating to solvency, accounting, and risk. He joined Transamerica in 2006 in the corporate actuarial department, moving to GPA in 2015 as part of the functional reorganization. Prior to working at Transamerica, he held actuarial roles within the Western & Southern group, at Ernst & Young, and at Nationwide Insurance.
Bill is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries. He graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a concentration in Actuarial Science.