This excerpt taken from the AEL 8-K filed Jun 15, 2005.
Item 5.02 Departure of Directors or Principal Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Principal Officers.
(d) On June 9, 2005, the Board of Directors of American Equity Investment Life Holding Company (the Company) increased the size of the Board of Directors to 11 members and elected Robert L. Howe as a director. Mr. Howe will serve in the class of directors with a term expiring at the Companys 2006 Annual Meeting. Mr. Howe was appointed to and will serve as the Chairman of the Audit Committee of the Board of Directors. Attached and incorporated herein by reference as Exhibit 99.1 is a copy of the press release issued by the Company on June 15, 2005 announcing the election.