FBL Financial makes its interim CEO permanent

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WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — FBL Financial Group Inc. said Monday its interim chief executive was named permanent CEO.

James E. Hohmann, 54, has been interim CEO for eight months, succeeding James W. Noyce, who left the company after 24 years.

FBL Financial Group is a West Des Moines, Iowa, holding company for Farm Bureau Life Insurance Co. and EquiTrust Life Insurance Co.

FBL underwrites, markets and distributes life insurance, annuities and mutual funds to individuals and small businesses. It also manages two Farm Bureau affiliated property-casualty insurance companies.

Hohmann was president and CEO of Allstate Financial prior to joining FBL Financial in April.

Shares of FBL Financial rose $1.10, or 5.9 percent, to close at $19.62.