James H. Speed, Jr. is President and Chief Executive Officer of North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Company (“NC Mutual”), the oldest and largest insurance company in America with roots in the African-American community. Mr. Speed joined NC Mutual as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in 2002 and was named President-Elect in 2003. During the past five years, Mr. Speed has served on the Board of Directors of North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Company, Mechanics & Farmers Bank, the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond – Charlotte Branch, North Carolina Chamber of Commerce, Nottingham Investment Trust, North Carolina Central University School of Business, United Way of the Greater Triangle, UNC Healthcare Systems, Communities in Schools of North Carolina and Central Children’s Home of North Carolina. He has a strong executive background and extensive experience in finance, public accounting and insurance.