FBL Financial Group Inc. announced that Richard Kypta, chief operating officer - life companies, will retire on March 1. John Currier Jr., currently chief actuary, will succeed Kypta upon his retirement. Currier (pictured), who is 43, joined FBL in June 2013 from Aviva USA, where he most recently was chief actuary. He started his career with the actuarial consulting firm of Beckley & Associates and also worked for ING U.S. and Conseco. Currier holds a bachelor's degree in actuarial science from Butler University in Indianapolis. He is a fellow of the Society of Actuaries and a member of the American Academy of Actuaries. Kypta, 61, joined the West Des Moines-based insurance holding company in 2007 and served as senior vice president and general counsel through March 2008 before being named to his present position.