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Joann (Jo) Eisenhart, Ph.D., senior vice president of human resources, offers her assessment on the state of women and leadership. This week, Northwestern Mutual is hosting the company's second multi-city event tour this fall for women, named Inspiring Leaders: The Power of You, featuring a panel discussion focused on instilling confidence and encouraging women to embrace their power to achieve their full potential - personally, professionally and financially. To schedule an interview with Ms. Eisenhart or another Northwestern Mutual spokesperson, call 800-323-7033 or email mediarelations@northwesternmutual.com.

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(December 31, 2010 – Milwaukee, WI) Northwestern Mutual employees pledged more than one million volunteer minutes, exceeding the company’s one-million-minute goal as part of its “Leaving... More


MILWAUKEE (BUSINESS WIRE), December 22, 2010 - Kids don’t know how their parents give to charity, according to new poll results released by the Northwestern Mutual Foundation’s financial literacy... More


MILWAUKEE (BUSINESS WIRE), December 20, 2010 - Northwestern Mutual – a leading financial security company – offers the top career in its industry, according to two new surveys published by... More


MILWAUKEE (BUSINESS WIRE), December 15, 2010 - Northwestern Mutual continues to lead the industry with the highest customer satisfaction score among large U.S. life insurers, according to the latest American... More


MILWAUKEE (BUSINESS WIRE), December 14, 2010 - Northwestern Mutual has unveiled a new video series that highlights how Northwestern Mutual permanent life insurance provides a consistent, flexible and strong... More


MILWAUKEE (BUSINESS WIRE), December 07, 2010 - Northwestern Mutual released today its 2010 Cost of Long-Term Care study, which examines costs for home health care providers, assisted living facilities... More


MILWAUKEE (BUSINESS WIRE), November 23, 2010 - The Board of Directors of the Northwestern Long Term Care Insurance Company approved a dividend payout of $11.2 million on long-term care policies for 20111.... More


MILWAUKEE, Nov. 15, 2010 – Northwestern Mutual Chairman and CEO John Schlifske and Steve Forbes, Chairman and CEO of Forbes Media and Editor-in-chief of Forbes magazine, will speak to thousands... More


MILWAUKEE (BUSINESS WIRE), November 09, 2010 - At a time when Americans are seeking financial security, their financial knowledge is no better than it was in 2006, according to the “Financial Matters”... More


MILWAUKEE (BUSINESS WIRE), November 04, 2010 - Most students – and a majority of parents – advocate providing rewards including cash and iPods® to students who get good grades, according... More


MILWAUKEE (BUSINESS WIRE), October 27, 2010 - The Board of Trustees of The Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company has approved a dividend payout of nearly $4.9 billion for participating policyowners... More


MILWAUKEE (BUSINESS WIRE), October 27, 2010 - The Board of Trustees of The Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company has approved a dividend payout of nearly $4.9 billion for participating policyowners... More


GAINESVILLE, FL - The Institute for Public Relations and its Commission on Public Relations Measurement and Evaluation is announcing that Northwestern Mutual and agency partners Gagen MacDonald and EMPA... More


MILWAUKEE (BUSINESS WIRE), September 15, 2010 - The Northwestern Mutual Foundation is donating $100,000 to help the American Red Cross provide essential support for millions of Pakistanis who lack sufficient... More


MILWAUKEE, September 14, 2010 – According to a study released today by Northwestern Mutual, seven out of ten people (69%) who own permanent life insurance would recommend it to friends and family,... More


MILWAUKEE (BUSINESS WIRE), August 24, 2010 - At a time of great economic uncertainty and financial struggles across the nation, three quarters of Americans feel a responsibility to pass along financial... More


MILWAUKEE (BUSINESS WIRE), August 19, 2010 - To promote greater awareness about disability income insurance (DI) among physicians and dentists, Northwestern Mutual has launched the Disability Income Insurance... More


MILWAUKEE (BUSINESS WIRE), August 09, 2010 - Northwestern Mutual, the nation’s #1 direct provider of individual life insurance1, announced today that 2010 has been a landmark year for the company’s... More


MILWAUKEE (BUSINESS WIRE), August 05, 2010 - A new campaign has been unveiled – “A Foundation For Life” – highlighting the flexibility, stability and consistency of permanent... More


MILWAUKEE (BUSINESS WIRE), July 28, 2010 - The Northwestern Mutual Foundation is donating $275,000 to 26 nonprofit organizations nationwide through its 16th annual Community Service Award program. The... More


MILWAUKEE, July 19, 2010 – Northwestern Mutual is one of the largest and most respected financial security companies in the world.  The company’s new Chief Executive Officer John Schlifske... More


(July 6, 2010 – Milwaukee, WI) Northwestern Mutual is earning acclaim from the Microsoft Corporation and business marketing experts for creating new innovative online tools. Microsoft is announcing... More


"MILWAUKEE, WI -- June 21, 2010 – Northwestern Mutual is one of the top workplaces for information technology (IT) professionals for the fifth consecutive year, according to IDG’s Computerworld,... More


MILWAUKEE (BUSINESS WIRE), June 16, 2010 - More than 18 months after the height of the global financial crisis, Americans have embraced a distinctly more conservative approach to their financial planning,... More


MILWAUKEE (BUSINESS WIRE), June 04, 2010 - Almost five million teenagers will start a summer job this year.* For most, this first job will expose teens to money – and money management – for... More


MILWAUKEE (BUSINESS WIRE), June 01, 2010 - Northwestern Mutual is committing to one million volunteer minutes throughout the southeast Wisconsin community as it kicks off its “Leaving a Legacy for... More


MILWAUKEE (BUSINESS WIRE), May 27, 2010 - The slow U.S. job market is making it tough for college graduates to find jobs, but new data shows that opportunities are plentiful for entrepreneur career-seekers. In... More


MILWAUKEE (BUSINESS WIRE), May 26, 2010 - The board of trustees of Northwestern Mutual today elected John E. Schlifske to be Northwestern Mutual’s next chairman and chief executive officer. Schlifske,... More


MILWAUKEE (BUSINESS WIRE), May 24, 2010 - Individuals who become disabled may lose their ability to earn an income in the short-term, and may incur a significant negative impact on the value of their retirement... More


MILWAUKEE (BUSINESS WIRE), May 10, 2010 - Fitch Ratings has affirmed the AAA insurance financial strength rating of Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company and Northwestern Long Term Care Insurance... More


MILWAUKEE (BUSINESS WIRE), April 29, 2010 - For the fourteenth consecutive year, Northwestern Mutual’s financial representative internship program is one of the top 10, according to the 2010 Vault... More


MILWAUKEE, April 15, 2010 — Northwestern Mutual, the industry leader in total individual life insurance and disability insurance dividends paid to participating policyowners, ranks 115th on... More


MILWAUKEE (BUSINESS WIRE), April 07, 2010 - The latest results collected from Northwestern Mutual’s Optimism Barometer – an online measurement tool– indicate a distinct upward trend... More


MILWAUKEE (BUSINESS WIRE), March 29, 2010 - Parents have the most influence on the way teens save and spend, according to a new poll by the Northwestern Mutual Foundation’s financial literacy Web... More


MILWAUKEE, WI (March 24, 2010) – Two major ratings agencies have affirmed the best possible insurance financial strength ratings for Northwestern Mutual and Northwestern Long Term Care Insurance... More


MILWAUKEE (BUSINESS WIRE), March 08, 2010 - The Northwestern Mutual Foundation is announcing $200,000 in Community Impact Award grants for nonprofit organizations to honor exemplary community service achievements... More


This material describes the investment strategy for the managed assets in Northwestern Mutual’s general account and the investment performance of these assets. Third party ratings are subject... More


MILWAUKEE, WI (February 18, 2010) – Northwestern Mutual leads the industry with the highest customer satisfaction score among U.S. life insurers, according to the American Customer Satisfaction... More


New York, NY (February 16, 2010) – Forbes and Northwestern Mutual today announced they will present Fact & Comment with Steve Forbes, a new section on Forbes.com. This new section within the... More


MILWAUKEE, WI, February 3, 2010 — For the second consecutive year, Northwestern Mutual has one of the best training programs in America, according to Training magazine’s 2010 “Training... More


Milwaukee, WI (February 1, 2010) – Northwestern Mutual has been consistently recognized as a leader in the insurance industry, but the company is quickly becoming well-known as a leading independent... More


Milwaukee, WI (January 28, 2010) – Northwestern Mutual today announced its financial results for 2009, highlighted by more than $4.7 billion in dividends approved for payment to policyowners in... More


The Northwestern Mutual Foundation is announcing a $100,000 donation to the American Red Cross to help provide Haitians affected by a series of massive earthquakes with essential first aid relief including... More


Company Reaches Young Professionals with Fun Facebook App
To meet Americans' growing need for financial guidance, Northwestern Mutual plans to recruit more than 2,300 financial representatives and more than 2,500 financial representative interns in 2010. ... More


"MILWAUKEE, WI, January 4, 2010 – Northwestern Mutual is announcing the launch of its redesigned Web site, www.northwesternmutual.com, showcasing its client-centered approach to delivering financial... More


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Executive Biographies


john schlifske

John E. Schlifske
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer


John E. Schlifske is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Northwestern Mutual and a member of the company’s Board of Trustees. After joining Northwestern Mutual in 1987 as an Investment Specialist, Schlifske moved from portfolio manager to senior executive overseeing a variety of its investment operations. He later headed different parts of the company’s business operations.

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michael carter

Gregory C. Oberland
President

Gregory C. Oberland is President of Northwestern Mutual and leads the company’s Agencies, Sales and Marketing Function. In this role, he is responsible for the company’s strategy of growing and enhancing its field force and delivering financial security to clients. Oberland joined Northwestern Mutual in 1982 as an attorney. He has held numerous executive-level positions with increasing responsibility for a variety of product line and operational areas, including Disability Income, Life Underwriting, Policyowner Services and Information Systems.

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michael carter

Michael G. Carter
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

As Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Michael G. Carter is responsible for the company’s financial management functions, strategic planning and enterprise risk management oversight. He also is a member of the company’s Executive Leadership Team. Carter joined Northwestern Mutual in 1994 as a senior attorney in the law department. He then became assistant general counsel before moving to the corporate planning and development department as director of planning in 1999.

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joann eisenhart
Joann M. Eisenhart
Senior Vice President – Human Resources

As Senior Vice President – Human Resources, Joann M. Eisenhart leads the human resources, facilities and philanthropy function, which includes the Human Resources, Facility Operations, and Strategic Philanthropy & Community Relations departments. Prior to joining Northwestern Mutual in 2011, Eisenhart was Senior Vice President of Human Resources at Pfizer, Inc, where she led a global human resources team that supported more than 100,000 employees worldwide.

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john grogan
John M. Grogan
Senior Vice President – Insurance and Investment Products

As Senior Vice President – Insurance and Investment Products, John M. Grogan is responsible for the overall strategy and design of the company’s integrated suite of insurance and investment products. This includes overall leadership responsibility for the Life and Annuity Products, Disability Income, Long Term Care, and Product Finance departments, and for the Northwestern Mutual Wealth Management Company and Northwestern Mutual Investment Services. Grogan joined Northwestern Mutual as an attorney in 1992. He has a broad background as a company attorney, as well as agencies and product experience, including leading the Field Services and Support and Disability Income departments. He also served as Chief Executive Officer of the Northwestern Mutual Wealth Management Company during the financial crisis.

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ronald joelson

Ronald P. Joelson
Executive Vice President and Chief Investment Officer

As Executive Vice President and Chief Investment Officer, Ronald. P. Joelson oversees management of the company’s $186 billion general account investment portfolio, which supports the company’s surplus and its insurance and annuity products. Joelson is responsible for the company’s three investment subsidiaries: Mason Street Advisors, LLC; Northwestern Mutual Capital, LLC; and Northwestern Mutual Real Estate Investment, LLC. Prior to joining Northwestern Mutual, he served as Chief Investment Officer of two global insurance companies: Genworth Financial and Prudential Financial.

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ray manista

Raymond J. Manista
Senior Vice President – General Counsel and Secretary

As Senior Vice President – General Counsel and Secretary, Raymond J. Manista is responsible for the company’s law and public affairs function, including the Law, Communications, Compliance/Best Practices and Government Relations departments. He also chairs the company’s Executive Leadership Team. Manista has held various leadership roles since joining Northwestern Mutual in 1998, including Vice President – Corporate Planning, where he oversaw the company’s strategy development and planning, and Vice President – Litigation Counsel. Prior to joining the company, he was a shareholder at Godfrey & Kahn, S.C., in Milwaukee, where he practiced commercial litigation.

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tim schaefer

Timothy G. Schaefer
Executive Vice President – Operations and Technology

As Executive Vice President – Operations and Technology, Timothy G. Schaefer is responsible for the company’s integrated customer operations and enterprise technology. Schaefer joined Northwestern Mutual in 1988 as a Programmer in the Information Systems department. He has held numerous leadership roles, including Vice President of Life Benefits and Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer.

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Last updated May 1, 2014

 

Studies and Resources

Northwestern Mutual periodically researches people's attitudes, perceptions, motives, and behaviors toward certain financial issues.

Planning and Progress 2014 Study

Northwestern Mutual again explored the state of financial planning in America today to obtain insights into people's attitudes and behaviors toward money, goal-setting and priorities. The 2014 study surveyed nearly 2,100 American adults 18 or older.

Planning and Progress 2014 Study
Planning and Progress 2014 Study - Continued

Elements of Success Study 2014

Northwestern Mutual sponsored an online study to examine U.S. adults’ perceptions of their personal, family, career and financial success. This study surveyed a random sample of 1,513 U.S. adults. Results were weighted as needed to parallel U.S. Census proportions for education, age, gender, race/ethnicity, region and household income.

Elements of Success Study 2014

Long-Term Caregiving Study

Northwestern Mutual sponsored a study looking at the significant personal and financial implication that long-term care (LTC) events have on caregivers and their families. (Conducted October 2013)

Long-Term Caregiving Study

Planning and Progress 2013 Study

Northwestern Mutual sponsored a study exploring the state of planning in America today that provides unique insights into people’s current attitudes and behaviors toward money, goal-setting and priorities. (Conducted January 2013)

Planning and Progress 2013 Study
Planning and Progress 2013 Study - Continued

Long-Term Care Awareness Study

Northwestern Mutual sponsored a poll highlighting the attitudes and motivations of Americans for planning for long-term care. More than 2,500 U.S. adults were surveyed. (Conducted October 2012)

Long-Term Care Awareness Study

Life Insurance Awareness Poll

Northwestern Mutual sponsored a poll seeking to learn the attitudes and motivations among Americans towards obtaining life insurance and planning for future financial security. The study surveyed more than 2,000 American adults aged 18 and older. (Conducted 2012)

Life Insurance Awareness Poll

State of Planning in America Study

Northwestern Mutual sponsored a series of research exploring the state of planning in America. The studies look at what type of planners people are, how their plans may have changed over time, whether they feel they’re moving in the right direction, how they assess their ability to stay on course, and how this all fits against the larger backdrop of what is taking place in America today. (Conducted 2012)

State of Planning in America Study

Cost of Long Term Care Study

The Long Term Care Group, Inc. conducted customized Cost of Care research on behalf of Northwestern Long Term Care Insurance Company, a Northwestern Mutual company, of nearly 2,000 home healthcare providers, assisted living facilities and nursing homes in specific regions of the United States. (Conducted 2012)

Cost of Long Term Care Study

“Stick with It” Study

Northwestern Mutual sponsored The “Stick with It” Study to gauge Americans’ goal setting, self-discipline and financial tenacity. (Conducted 2011)

“Stick with It” Study

Financial Realities Study

Northwestern Mutual sponsored The Financial Realities Study that explored how Americans are responding to the economic landscape that existed in 2010 and considering how attitudes and priorities may be changing regarding the approach to finances. The study also provided insight into Americans’ propensity to give advice against the backdrop of economic uncertainty and how that advice compares across multiple generations. (Conducted 2010)

Financial Realties Study

American Reality Study

Northwestern Mutual sponsored The American Reality Study to help provide insight into how Americans are handling the economic, political and social changes taking place in the U.S. and what the impact has been on the way they view their lives and their future. (Conducted 2009)

American Reality Study

Seven Financial Habits Study

Northwestern Mutual conducted a study exploring the connections between financial and physical fitness. The study helps explain how financial behavior and attitudes of individuals with above average income are related to health and wellness perceptions. (Conducted 2008)

Seven Financial Habits Study

 

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