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Our Board of Directors





Learn more about the board’s members and its committees.

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Theodore H. Bunting, Jr.

Director since 2013

Mr. Bunting is the Group President, Utility Operations of Entergy Corporation, an integrated energy company engaged primarily in electric power production and retail distribution operations in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas, a position he has held since June 2012. From August 2007 to May 2012, he served as Senior Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer for Entergy and its subsidiaries. Prior to that, he held numerous executive positions within the Entergy organization, which he joined in 1983. He began his professional career in public accounting with Arthur Andersen & Co. in 1981 and is a certified public accountant. Mr. Bunting was a director of Imation Corp., a global data storage and information security company, from November 2012 until August 2014.

Mr. Bunting possesses extensive financial, accounting, and operational experience as a senior executive with a public company in a regulated industry. His leadership responsibilities have included financial reporting oversight, strategic and financial planning, customer service, operations support, and risk management. He also has experience as a director of another publicly traded company and qualifies as an “audit committee financial expert” under SEC regulations.

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E. Michael Caulfield

Director since 2007

Mr. Caulfield served as President of Mercer Human Resource Consulting from September 2005 until his retirement in September 2006, prior to which he served as Chief Operating Officer from July 2005. He retired from Prudential Insurance Company as Executive Vice President in 2000, after having held a number of executive positions, including Executive Vice President of Financial Management, Chief Executive Officer of Prudential Investments, and President of both Prudential Preferred Financial Services and Prudential Property and Casualty Company. He previously served as a director of our company from August 2004 to July 2005.

Mr. Caulfield has senior leadership experience in finance, investments, and executive management in both the insurance and broader financial services industry. His operating background with large global businesses included responsibility for financial reporting oversight, risk management, and strategic planning. He also qualifies as an “audit committee financial expert” under SEC regulations.

Joseph J. Echevarria

Joseph J. Echevarria

Director since 2016

Mr. Echevarria served as Chief Executive Officer of Deloitte LLP, a global provider of professional services, from 2011 until his retirement in August 2014. During his 36-year tenure with Deloitte he held increasingly senior leadership positions prior to being named CEO, including U.S. Managing Partner and Chief Operating Officer, Deputy Managing Partner, and Southeast Region Audit Managing Partner. He also served on key boards and committees within Deloitte and its member firm network, including chair of the U.S. Executive and Americas Executive committees and memberships on the U.S. and global boards. Mr. Echevarria has been a director of The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation since January 2015 (serving as its Lead Independent Director since April 2016) and a director of Pfizer Inc. since June 2015. In addition, he serves as the Chair of My Brother’s Keeper Alliance and is a member of the President’s Export Council and the Presidential Commission on Election Administration.

Mr. Echevarria brings to the Board significant experience in finance, accounting, global operations, strategic planning, executive management and corporate governance acquired through his leadership at Deloitte and on the boards of other publicly traded companies. He has a deep understanding of the financial services industry, including the current regulatory environment. He also brings public policy perspectives from his government service, is a certified public accountant and qualifies as an “audit committee financial expert” under SEC regulations.

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Cynthia L. Egan

Director since 2014

Ms. Egan was President of T. Rowe Price Retirement Plan Services, Inc., a retirement planning subsidiary of the global investment management firm T. Rowe Price Group, Inc., from May 2007 until her retirement in December 2012. She served an appointment as a senior advisor to the U.S. Department of the Treasury on the development of myRA, a Treasury-sponsored retirement savings program from April 2014 to April 2015. Prior to her work at T. Rowe Price, she was a long-time member of the executive team at Fidelity Investments where she was head of Fidelity Institutional Tax-Exempt Services Company and President of the Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund. Ms. Egan served as a director of Envestnet, Inc., a wealth management technology and services provider, from August 2013 to March 2016. She has also been a director of The Hanover Insurance Group, Inc., the holding company for several property and casualty insurers, and the BlackRock Closed-End Funds, since May 2015 and April 2016, respectively.

Ms. Egan has significant operational experience in delivering complex financial products and services on a large scale through her work at T. Rowe Price and Fidelity. She has used technology and process improvement to successfully lead businesses through transition, including growth and strategic redirection, and her knowledge of the retirement industry gives her insight into the need for the financial protection benefits we provide. She also has experience operating in a regulated environment, serving as a director of other publicly traded companies, and qualifies as an “audit committee financial expert” under SEC regulations.

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Pamela H. Godwin

Director since 2004

Ms. Godwin has been President of Change Partners, Inc., a consulting firm specializing in organizational change and growth initiatives, since 2001. From 1999 to 2001, she was President and Chief Operating Officer of the personal lines agency division of GMAC Insurance. Prior to that time, she held a number of executive positions within the financial services industry, including Senior Vice President of customer management for the credit card division of Advanta Corporation, President and Chief Operating Officer of Academy Insurance Group, a unit of Providian Corporation, and Senior Vice President of property/casualty claims at Colonial Penn Group, Inc. Ms. Godwin has also been a director of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Pittsburgh since January 2013.

Ms. Godwin possesses executive management and operating experience within the insurance industry. She has expertise in strategic change initiatives, including cultural and operational integration of acquisitions, operational turnaround, and crisis intervention. She also has risk-assessment skills from her work as a chartered property/casualty underwriter and experience managing high-risk lines of insurance.

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Kevin T. Kabat

Director since 2008

Mr. Kabat served as Chief Executive Officer of Fifth Third Bancorp, a diversified financial services company, from 2007 until October 2015, before fully retiring from the company in April 2016. He served as Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of Fifth Third Bancorp from September 2012 until his retirement in April 2016. He previously served at Fifth Third Bancorp as Chief Executive Officer from April 2007 to October 2015, as President from June 2006 to September 2012, and as Executive Vice President from December 2003 to June 2006. Before that, he was President and CEO of Fifth Third Bank (Michigan) from April 2001. Prior to joining Fifth Third Bancorp, Mr. Kabat served in a number of management and executive positions with Old Kent Financial Corporation, including as its Vice Chairman and President. Mr. Kabat joined the Board of E-Trade Finanical Corporation in June 2016, and has been a director of NiSource Inc., an energy holding company, since July 2015. Mr. Kabat has agreed to serve as Lead Independent Director if re-elected as a director at the Annual Meeting.

Mr. Kabat brings to the Board executive leadership experience, including his recent service as CEO of a large public company in the financial services industry, along with extensive financial, operating, and strategic planning expertise. He understands the importance of risk management and the challenges of managing a business in a highly regulated industry. He also has a strong corporate governance perspective from his service as a director of other publicly traded companies, including board chairman experience.

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Timothy F. Keaney

Director since 2012

Mr. Keaney served as Vice Chairman of The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation (BNY Mellon), a global investments company, from October 2010 to September 2014. While at BNY Mellon, he held a number of executive positions, including Chief Executive Officer of Investment Services from January 2013 to June 2014 and Chief Executive Officer of Asset Servicing from September 2010 to December 2012. He served as co-CEO of Asset Servicing at BNY Mellon following its formation in 2007 upon the merger of The Bank of New York Company, Inc. and Mellon Financial Corporation. Prior to the merger, Mr. Keaney was head of The Bank of New York’s asset servicing business and head of that company’s presence in Europe, with management responsibilities for all business activities in the region.

Mr. Keaney possesses significant operational, investment, and finance experience, both domestically and internationally. His work has included lengthy periods of executive leadership service in the United Kingdom, which has given him a deep understanding of many of the challenges and opportunities that we face there. He also qualifies as an “audit committee financial expert” under SEC regulations.

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Gloria C. Larson

Director since 2004

Ms. Larson has been the President of Bentley University since July 2007. She previously served as co-chairperson of the Government Practices Group of the law firm Foley Hoag LLP and coordinator for its Administrative Practices Group after joining the firm in 1996. Prior to joining Foley Hoag, she served as Secretary of Economic Affairs and as Secretary of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and prior to that was Deputy Director of Consumer Protection for the Federal Trade Commission. Ms. Larson has served as a director of Boston Private Financial Holdings, Inc., a wealth management company servicing high net worth individuals, families and select institutions, since January 2015.

Ms. Larson has executive management experience as president of a major university. In addition, she brings regulatory insight from her service as a regulator and her experience advising clients in the course of her practice of law. She also has corporate governance experience from her current and prior service on the boards of other publicly traded companies.

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Richard P. McKenney

Director since 2015

Mr. McKenney has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Unum since May 2015. He previously served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer from August 2009 until April 2015. Before joining Unum in July 2009, Mr. McKenney served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Sun Life Financial, Inc., an international financial services company, from February 2007 until July 2009, having joined that company as Executive Vice President in September 2006.

Mr. McKenney has significant executive management, financial, and insurance industry experience through his prior service as chief financial officer of our company and other publicly traded insurance companies, and his current service as chief executive officer of our company. He has an intimate knowledge of all aspects of our business, including strategic planning, risk management and public policy, and close working relationships with senior management.

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Edward J. Muhl

Director since 2005

Mr. Muhl served as the National Leader of the Insurance Regulatory Advisory Practice of PricewaterhouseCoopers from 2001 until his retirement in June 2005. He was Senior Managing Director of Navigant Consulting, Inc. from 1998 to 2000, which he joined as Executive Vice President in 1997. Prior to that time, Mr. Muhl held important regulatory positions within the insurance industry, including Superintendent of Insurance of the State of New York, Insurance Commissioner of the State of Maryland, and President of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners. Mr. Muhl is also a director of Farm Family Insurance Company.

Mr. Muhl has over 45 years of experience in the insurance industry, including leadership service for important insurance and regulatory bodies, and understands the regulatory compliance environment in which we operate. He has experience serving on other public and private company boards, including current service in the insurance sector.

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Ronald P. O'Hanley

Director since 2015

Mr. O’Hanley is the President and Chief Executive Officer of State Street Global Advisors, the investment management arm of State Street Corporation, a provider of financial services to institutional investors worldwide. Prior to joining State Street in this capacity in April 2015, he served as President of Asset Management and Corporate Services for Fidelity Investments, a leading provider of financial products and services, from July 2010 until March 2014 and was a member of Fidelity’s Executive Committee. From 2007 until May 2010, Mr. O’Hanley served as Vice Chairman of The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation (BNY Mellon), a global investments company, and President and Chief Executive Officer of BNY Mellon Asset Management. Prior to the merger of The Bank of New York and Mellon Financial Corporation, he was Vice Chairman of Mellon Financial Corporation and President and Chief Executive Officer of Mellon Asset Management. Before joining Mellon in 1997, he was a partner with McKinsey & Company, Inc., a management consulting firm.

Mr. O’Hanley has significant executive management and operational experience within the financial services industry, both domestically and internationally. He has served in senior leadership positions at large, global organizations, which has included responsibility for investment, finance, human resources, legal, risk, corporate compliance, and enterprise technology functions.

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Francis J. Shammo

Director since 2015

Mr. Shammo served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Verizon Communications, Inc., a leading communications provider, from November 2010 until November 2016, and plans to retire from Verizon at the end of 2016. After joining Bell Atlantic Corporation in 1989, which merged with GTE Corporation in 2000 to form Verizon, he held positions of increasing responsibility in finance, mergers and acquisitions, logistics, facilities, regional operations, and planning. His prior positions include President and Chief Executive Officer of Verizon Telecom and Business, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Verizon Business, President – West Area of Verizon Wireless, and Vice President and Controller of Verizon Wireless.

Mr. Shammo has significant executive management, financial, and operational experience, including service as chief financial officer, for large publicly traded companies in the telecommunications industry, where technology and connectivity are integral to the business. He has led major business units, with responsibility for sales, marketing, and customer service for customers worldwide. He is also a certified public accountant and qualifies as an “audit committee financial expert” under SEC regulations.

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Thomas R. Watjen

Director since 2002

Mr. Watjen has served as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Unum since May 2015, having served as President and Chief Executive Officer from 2003 until April 2015 and May 2015, respectively, when he retired from the company. He previously served as Vice Chairman and Chief Operating Officer from 2002 until 2003 and, before that, was named Executive Vice President, Finance in 1999. Prior to the 1999 merger between Unum and Provident, he served as Chief Financial Officer from 1994. Before that, Mr. Watjen served as a Managing Director of the insurance practice of the investment banking firm Morgan Stanley & Co. Mr. Watjen has been a director of SunTrust Banks, Inc. since April 2010.

Mr. Watjen has executive management and financial experience as chief executive officer of our company as well as his prior positions within the financial services industry. He also serves as a director and the chair of the audit committee of another publicly traded company in the financial services industry.