DEFINITION of 'Key Person Insurance'

A life insurance policy that a company purchases on a key executive's life. The company is the beneficiary of the plan and pays the insurance policy premiums.

Also known as "key man insurance," "key woman insurance" or "business life insurance."

BREAKING DOWN 'Key Person Insurance'

Key person insurance is needed if the sudden loss of a key executive would have a large negative effect on the company's operations. The payout provided from the death of the executive essentially buys the company time to find a new person or to implement other strategies to save the business.

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