Grinnell Mutual President and Ceo Retires; Acting President Named

Dec. 15 was Larry Jansen’s last day as president and CEO of Grinnell Mutual after 38 years with the company, six of those as president. The Grinnell Mutual home office closed early on Dec. 14 so employees could enjoy a sendoff party featuring Jansen’s favorite foods, a roast of the guest of honor, and a reception.

Executive Vice President of Line Operations, Jeff Menary, was named Jansen’s successor by the company’s board of directors in the spring of this year. The promotion was announced in a March 7, 2017, press release.

In September, Menary was diagnosed with West Nile virus and he is currently undergoing rehabilitation. As he rehabilitates, Dave Wingert, (pictured at left) executive vice president and chief operating officer, will be the acting president.

“If ever there was someone who could fight this disease head-on and make a full recovery, it’s Jeff. His hard work, determination, and can-do spirit will get him through this set-back,” Wingert said. “We wish him and his family the best as he battles back from this terrible illness, and we very much look forward to the day we see him back at work.

“In the meantime, Grinnell Mutual has a strong senior leadership team and the best employees I’ve ever worked with. Together we will continue moving Grinnell Mutual and our industry forward, even while we miss Jeff’s guiding hand.”

Wingert joined Grinnell Mutual in 2011 as the chief financial officer, vice president of the Finance division, and treasurer. He previously served as the senior vice president and controller at Aviva USA in Des Moines, Iowa. Wingert holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in accounting from Iowa State University, is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), and holds the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) and Fellow, Life Management Institute (FLMI) designations.