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Kevin P. McCarthy
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Unum Group

Kevin P. McCarthy was named executive vice president and chief operating officer of Unum Group effective January 2012.

Mr. McCarthy first joined Unum in 1976, working in field administration. He moved to the reinsurance division as an underwriting manager, became a product manager in 1980, and was subsequently promoted to second vice president, Life and Medical Products in 1982. From 1984 to 1987, he was chief operating officer for General Health, Inc. In 1987, Mr. McCarthy returned to Unum as vice president, Long Term Disability Products and Markets and was named vice president, Long Term Care Markets and Products in 1990. In 1993, Mr. McCarthy joined Unum’s Japan operations and was promoted to President of Unum Japan in 1996, Chairman in 1998, and Senior Vice President of International Operations in the same year. In 2001, McCarthy became Senior Vice President of Underwriting and in 2006 Executive Vice President of Risk Operations for the company. He served as President and CEO of Unum US from 2007 through June 2013.

Mr. McCarthy is currently a director/trustee of the University of Maine System, the Maine Public Broadcasting Network, and the Davis Foundations, and AHIP (America’s Health Insurance Plans).

Mr. McCarthy has previously been the Chairman of the Insurance Subcommittee of the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan, where he was significantly involved in U.S.-Japan bilateral negotiations regarding deregulation and market access. He has previously been a director of LIMRA International, the International Insurance Council, the Maine International Trade Center, the World Affairs Council, the Portland Museum of Art, the United Way of Greater Portland, the Maine Make-a-Wish Foundation, the Gulf of Maine Research Institute, Corporator of Maine Health, (the state’s largest healthcare provider group), and Chairman of the Advisory Council for the University of Southern Maine School of Business.

Mr. McCarthy received his degree in business, graduating summa cum laude, from the University of Southern Maine in 1978.