CalSTRS Taps Ehnes as CEO

December 11, 2001 ( - Jack Ehnes, 50, has been selected as the new Chief Executive Officer of the California State Teachers' Retirement System (CalSTRS), the nation's third largest pension fund.

Ehnes replaces James D. Mosman, who is leaving CalSTRS to become Executive Director of the National Council on Teacher Retirement.

Ehnes, who begins his new assignment February 4, joins CalSTRS from Great-West Life & Annuity Insurance Company in Denver, Colorado. There as vice president for corporate affairs, Ehnes is trustee/plan administrator for Great-West’s employees’ defined benefit and defined contribution plans.

Prior to Great-West, Ehnes was appointed to the post of Colorado’s insurance commissioner after a stint as deputy insurance commissioner. He also served 11 years as a board trustee for the $31 billion Colorado Public Employees Retirement Association, including six years as chair and vice-chair of the board.

A native of Rochester, New York, Ehnes holds a bachelor of science degree from Cornell University and a masters of arts degree from Vanderbilt University.

The CalSTRS retirement system includes approximately 661,000 members and benefit recipients with an operating budget of approximately $56 million and 525 employees.