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Northwestern Mutual Executive Vice President Greg Oberland speaks about Northwestern Mutual's 2014 Planning & Progress study results.  The findings show a clear correlation between financial planning discipline today and happiness in the future. To schedule an interview with Mr. Oberland or another Northwestern Mutual spokesperson, call 800-323-7033 or email mediarelations@northwesternmutual.com.

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For the eleventh consecutive year, the Northwestern Mutual internship program has been named a top ten program by the internship experts at Vault, Inc. The Northwestern Mutual Financial Network joins... More


The Board of Directors of The Northwestern Long Term Care Insurance Company has approved the first policyowner dividend in the history of the company. As a result of strong performance in company fundamentals,... More


For the fourth consecutive year, Northwestern Mutual has been named one of "The 50 Best Companies to Sell For" in the November/December issue of Selling Power magazine. The leading sales force publication's... More


Company Continues to Lead Industry in Total Life Insurance Dividends
The Board of Trustees of The Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company has approved an estimated $4.63 billion in dividends to be paid to participating policyowners in 2007. The company cites excellent... More


Northwestern Mutual has successfully launched its new media and news resources section of its website, ( http://www.northwesternmutualnews.com/ ). Journalists seeking background information or sources... More


The Northwestern Mutual Financial Network has been named by Business Week magazine as one of the top 50 "Best Places to Launch a Career" in the magazine's inaugural ranking of employers across the country... More


Northwestern Mutual is honoring the charitable work of a select group of network representatives by donating a total of $265,000 from the Northwestern Mutual Foundation to 25 non-profit organizations around... More


Shopping for quality products is something most consumers take seriously, be it home appliances or health care. And when looking to find the best protection for a family, life insurance is no exception. ... More


Northwestern Mutual announced today that IDG's Computerworld, the "Voice of IT Management," has selected the company as one of the top workplaces for information technology (IT) professionals. Computerworld... More


Northwestern Mutual, long recognized as "the quiet company," is launching an ad campaign that gets to the heart of one of the biggest concerns people have in life--their lack of confidence regarding their... More


Check Out Northwestern Mutual's New Online Test
So how much do you know when it comes to financial matters? To many, the answer is 'probably not as much as I should,' especially as multiple research studies show Americans are behind the curve on many... More


As a group, Americans fail to make the grade when their financial knowledge is tested beyond the ABC's of financial literacy, according to a new comprehensive study commissioned by Northwestern Mutual.... More


For the 23rd Year, Company Tops Life/Health Insurance Industry
For the 23rd year, Northwestern Mutual has been named as "America's Most Admired" life/health insurance company in FORTUNE magazine's 2006 annual survey of industry professionals and analysts. Northwestern... More


Ten for Ten. That's the Northwestern Mutual Internship program's record for being named one of America's Top 10 Internships in the Vault Guide to Internships, 2006, marking the tenth consecutive year... More


Company Achieves Excellent Operating Results and Surplus Growth
Northwestern Mutual announced strong financial results for 2005, with nearly $5 billion in operating gains before dividends and taxes and a record total surplus position at year-end of $12.9 billion. The... More


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Executive Biographies


john schlifske

John E. Schlifske
Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer


John E. Schlifske is Chairman, President 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

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. Carter joined Northwestern Mutual’s Law department in 1994 and went on to serve in a number of executive leadership roles in operations, planning and distribution. Since 2008, he has served as the company’s Chief Financial Officer. Prior to joining the company, he was an attorney with Quarles & Brady in Milwaukee.

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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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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 $174.0 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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greg oberland

Gregory C. Oberland
Executive Vice President – Products, Sales and Marketing

As Executive Vice President – Products, Sales and Marketing, Gregory C. Oberland is responsible for the company’s strategy of delivering financial security to clients through a holistic planning process that incorporates insurance and investment solutions. 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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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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todd schoon

Todd M. Schoon
Executive Vice President – Agencies

As Executive Vice President – Agencies, Todd M. Schoon is responsible for the company’s distribution system.  Schoon began his Northwestern Mutual career in 1988, and went on to build a successful network office in New York, NY. He has held numerous positions of increasing responsibility including Assistant Regional Director of Agencies, Managing Partner, and Vice President – Agencies.

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Last updated January 24, 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

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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