Starmount Life Insurance Co. and sister Baton Rouge company AlwaysCare Benefits Inc. have started a transition in leadership to the next generation for the family owned companies.

The companies have named Erich Sternberg as chief executive officer and Deborah Sternberg as president.

Erich Sternberg will share the CEO and chairman roles with the companies’ founder, Hans Sternberg.

Erich Sternberg was president of Starmount Life and AlwaysCare, while Deborah Sternberg was executive vice president. Donna Sternberg continues to serve as executive vice president.

“This is just the latest step in our planned transition to a new generation of leadership,” said Hans Sternberg. “Both Deborah and Erich have been part of the companies for many years now, in various leadership roles, and share a keen understanding of the business, the industry and vision for the companies.”

Founded in 1983, Starmount Life and AlwaysCare employ more than 200 people in 10 states, with national headquarters in Baton Rouge. Starmount Life is admitted in 49 states as a life and health carrier, and serves as a nationally licensed third-party administrator. The companies cover more than 850,000 lives through individual and group insurance plans.