Royal Neighbors of America President and CEO Cynthia Tidwell has been elected to the board of directors of the American Council of Life Insurers.

Prior to joining Royal Neighbors in 2005, Tidwell served as president of personal insurance for Fireman’s Fund Insurance Co., a part of the Allianz Group. She was the first woman to lead one of the company’s profit and loss centers.

She began her executive career at Xerox Financial Services’ insurance subsidiaries where she successfully revamped their departments and divisions.

She is a member of the ACLI Forum 500 board of governors, the American Fraternal Alliance and the International Women’s Leadership Association. She recently completed a seven-year term on the Quad-City Chamber board of directors and was a member of its finance committee.

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She is a recipient of the American Business Awards’ prestigious Stevie Award as Turnaround Executive of the Year. She has been named a Professional Woman of the Year in Insurance by the National Association of Professional Women and was the recipient of the Athena Business Women’s Award for excellence in her profession and for the significant philanthropic difference she makes in her community. Tidwell also was recognized as the 2012 Small Business Leader by the Athena Chamber of Commerce.