MILWAUKEE (BUSINESS WIRE), March 31, 2011 - Joann M. Eisenhart has been named vice president - human resources of Northwestern Mutual, effective March 1, 2011. She was also named an executive officer of Northwestern Mutual, a leading financial security company.

Joann M. Eisenhart has been named vice president - human resources of Northwestern Mutual, effective ...

Joann M. Eisenhart has been named vice president - human resources of Northwestern Mutual, effective March 1, 2011. She was also named an executive officer of Northwestern Mutual, a leading financial security company. (Photo: Business Wire)

Eisenhart previously served as senior vice president - human resources with Pfizer, Inc., the world’s largest biopharmaceutical company, leading site-based HR generalist teams and shared service centers that support more than 100,000 employees worldwide.

Prior to joining Pfizer, she served in numerous human resources and scientific leadership roles over a 16-year career with Rohm and Haas Co.

"Attracting, developing and retaining top talent is key to our continued success, and with Jo’s sound leadership, the company is well-positioned for the future,” said John E. Schlifske, Northwestern Mutual chairman and chief executive officer. “Jo’s great depth and breadth of experience across every aspect of the human resources profession will help Northwestern Mutual further strengthen its reputation as an excellent place to launch and grow a career.”

Eisenhart holds doctorate degrees in human and organizational development from the Fielding Graduate University and in inorganic chemistry from the University of Wisconsin. She earned her undergraduate degree in chemistry from the University of Illinois.

In 2011, Northwestern Mutual was named the World’s Most Admired Life Insurance Company according to FORTUNE® magazine, leading its industry in key categories including “Quality of Management” and “People Management.”

In 2010, Northwestern Mutual was named the No. 1 "Top Milwaukee Workplace" by The Business Journal of Greater Milwaukee in its large company category (1,001+ employees) and one of the “Best Places to Work in Information Technology” (IT) by ComputerWorld magazine.

Northwestern Mutual’s commitment to long-term strength includes strategies to attract, develop and retain top talent.

Eisenhart succeeds Susan Lueger, who retired from the company in July 2010.

About Northwestern Mutual

The Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company – Milwaukee, WI (Northwestern Mutual), the World’s Most Admired Life Insurance Company according to FORTUNE® magazine, has helped clients achieve financial security for more than 150 years. As a mutual company with $1.2 trillion of life insurance protection in force, Northwestern Mutual has no shareholders. The company focuses solely and directly on its clients and seeks to deliver consistent and dependable value to them over time.

Northwestern Mutual and its subsidiaries offer a holistic approach to financial security solutions including: life insurance, long-term care insurance, disability insurance, annuities, investment products, and advisory products and services. Subsidiaries include Northwestern Mutual Investment Services, LLC, broker-dealer, registered investment adviser, member FINRA and SIPC; the Northwestern Mutual Wealth Management Company, limited purpose federal savings bank; and Northwestern Long Term Care Insurance Company; and Russell Investments.

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