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MILWAUKEE (BUSINESS WIRE), December 19, 2011 - When it comes to holiday spending this season, 82% of kids (17 years old and younger) say they have the same amount to spend this year as last, but they are... More


MILWAUKEE (BUSINESS WIRE), December 13, 2011 - When it comes to customer satisfaction, Northwestern Mutual sits atop the life insurance industry for the third year in a row, according to the latest American... More


MILWAUKEE (BUSINESS WIRE), December 08, 2011 - Just-released U.S. Census Bureau research provides clear evidence that people are living longer, underscoring that individuals need to broaden their understanding... More


MILWAUKEE (BUSINESS WIRE), November 30, 2011 - Northwestern Mutual leads the industry in individual life insurance premiums1. The company – recognized as the “World’s Most Admired”... More


MILWAUKEE (BUSINESS WIRE), November 29, 2011 - ‘Tis the season for planned holiday spending according to a poll from Northwestern Mutual, a leading financial security company, which finds that 52%... More


MILWAUKEE (BUSINESS WIRE), November 10, 2011 - The Northwestern Mutual Foundation – the largest corporate giver in the state of Wisconsin – is announcing $355,000 in grants to help 14 nonprofits... More


MILWAUKEE (BUSINESS WIRE), November 09, 2011 - Northwestern Mutual – a leading financial security company – ranks first in its industry and 16th overall among service companies in Selling... More


MILWAUKEE (BUSINESS WIRE), November 02, 2011 - Northwestern Mutual has introduced a new video in its Client Stories series that highlights Dr. Paul and his wife Dr. Maritoni “Candy” Shah and... More


MILWAUKEE (BUSINESS WIRE), November 01, 2011 - The Northwestern Mutual Foundation – the largest corporate giver in the state of Wisconsin – has appointed John Kordsmeier president effective... More


MILWAUKEE (BUSINESS WIRE), November 01, 2011 - A new study from Northwestern Mutual reveals that nearly eight in 10 Americans acknowledge the increasing need for long term care (LTC) planning, yet nearly... More


MILWAUKEE (BUSINESS WIRE), October 26, 2011 - The Board of Trustees of The Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company has approved a dividend payout of nearly $5 billion for participating policyowners... More


MILWAUKEE (BUSINESS WIRE), October 13, 2011 - The Northwestern Mutual Foundation has been named the presenting sponsor of Morehouse College’s Memorial Concert and Tribute to Martin Luther King Jr.... More


MILWAUKEE (BUSINESS WIRE), October 11, 2011 - Impulse buying starts young. Spur of the moment spending – suddenly buying something they want or need - distracts more than half of all kids (53%)... More


MILWAUKEE (BUSINESS WIRE), October 03, 2011 - Northwestern Mutual Chairman and CEO John Schlifske and Steve Forbes, chairman and editor in chief of Forbes Media, will speak to more than 3,500 business,... More


MILWAUKEE (BUSINESS WIRE), September 29, 2011 - The Northwestern Mutual Foundation – the largest corporate giver in the state of Wisconsin – is announcing $532,000 in arts education grants... More


MILWAUKEE (BUSINESS WIRE), September 01, 2011 - Northwestern Mutual, the “World’s Most Admired” life insurance company in 2011 according to FORTUNE magazine, continues to witness a growing... More


MILWAUKEE (BUSINESS WIRE), August 31, 2011 - Future Hispanic business leaders tallied higher scores on a personal finance quiz than average Americans but still need access to more information, according... More


MILWAUKEE (BUSINESS WIRE), August 25, 2011 - Fitch Ratings on Tuesday affirmed the AAA insurance financial strength rating of Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company and Northwestern Long Term Care... More


MILWAUKEE (BUSINESS WIRE), August 24, 2011 - Northwestern Mutual, the “World’s Most Admired” life insurance company in 2011 according to FORTUNE® magazine, has introduced a new video... More


MILWAUKEE (BUSINESS WIRE), August 23, 2011 - Most Americans believe the “most monumental” facet of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s, legacy is the advancement of civil rights in the U.S.,... More


MILWAUKEE (BUSINESS WIRE), August 11, 2011 - The Northwestern Mutual Foundation – the largest corporate giver in the state of Wisconsin – is announcing $730,000 in grants to help 22 southeastern... More


Standard & Poor’s recently downgraded the U.S. sovereign credit rating by one notch from AAA to AA+, expressing disappointment in the scope of, and the process used in, the recently passed debt... More


The board of trustees of Northwestern Mutual has elected P. Russell Hardin and Ralph A. Weber to serve on the company’s board. Weber is an attorney and founding member of law firm Gass Weber Mullins.... More


MILWAUKEE (BUSINESS WIRE), July 26, 2011 - The Northwestern Mutual Foundation is donating $285,000 to 26 nonprofit organizations nationwide through its 17th annual Community Service Award program. The... More


MILWAUKEE (BUSINESS WIRE), July 25, 2011 - The Northwestern Mutual Foundation has been named the presenting sponsor of Morehouse College’s Memorial Concert and Tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. The... More


MILWAUKEE (BUSINESS WIRE), April 25, 2011 - Northwestern Mutual is honoring Arbor Day by distributing a video e-card to commemorate the nationally celebrated observance that encourages planting and caring... More


MILWAUKEE (BUSINESS WIRE), July 22, 2011 - Northwestern Mutual, the “World’s Most Admired” life insurance company in 2011 according to FORTUNE® magazine, launched a new shareable... More


MILWAUKEE (BUSINESS WIRE), July 19, 2011 - The Northwestern Mutual Foundation’s Click for Kids campaign, a Facebook-driven initiative that will provide a total gift of $200,000 to three nonprofits... More


MILWAUKEE (BUSINESS WIRE), July 14, 2011 - Northwestern Mutual the “World’s Most Admired” life insurance company in 2011 according to FORTUNE® magazine, has released The Power of... More


MILWAUKEE (BUSINESS WIRE), July 13, 2011 - The Northwestern Mutual Foundation – the largest corporate giver in the state of Wisconsin – is announcing $625,000 in grants to help nonprofits... More


MILWAUKEE (BUSINESS WIRE), July 11, 2011 - Standard & Poor’s (S&P) has affirmed its best possible insurance financial strength rating for Northwestern Mutual and Northwestern Long Term Care... More


MILWAUKEE (BUSINESS WIRE), July 07, 2011 - United Way of Greater Milwaukee – our community’s largest investor in education, income and health – and the Northwestern Mutual Foundation... More


MILWAUKEE (BUSINESS WIRE), June 30, 2011 - Kids are much more satisfied by – and committed to – succeeding in school than managing their dollars, according to the latest poll results released... More


MILWAUKEE (BUSINESS WIRE), June 29, 2011 - Northwestern Mutual has introduced a new video in its Client Stories series, focusing on the unique aspects of financial security for Kaskaskia Engineering Group... More


MILWAUKEE (BUSINESS WIRE), June 20, 2011 - According to a national study just released by Northwestern Mutual, a leading provider of financial security, three out of four Americans (74%) feel the pace... More


MILWAUKEE (BUSINESS WIRE), June 15, 2011 - The Northwestern Mutual Foundation – the largest corporate giver in the state of Wisconsin – is announcing $450,000 in grants to help seven nonprofit... More


MILWAUKEE (BUSINESS WIRE), June 09, 2011 - Four-time PGA TOUR champion golfer Mark Wilson has signed a multi-year sponsorship agreement with Northwestern Mutual, the “World’s Most Admired”... More


MILWAUKEE (BUSINESS WIRE), May 31, 2011 - Northwestern Mutual, the “World’s Most Admired” life insurance company in 2011 according to FORTUNE® magazine, has introduced a new video... More


MILWAUKEE (BUSINESS WIRE), May 25, 2011 - For consumers seeking the best long-term value of their permanent life insurance, Northwestern Mutual is the company to consider. Based on data compiled by Blease... More


MILWAUKEE (BUSINESS WIRE), May 18, 2011 - Northwestern Mutual, the “World’s Most Admired” life insurance company according to FORTUNE® magazine – is actively seeking to add... More


MILWAUKEE (BUSINESS WIRE), May 16, 2011 - No more classes, no more books… and not much time before those student loans are due. As college students graduate across the country, Northwestern Mutual... More


MILWAUKEE (BUSINESS WIRE), May 13, 2011 - Northwestern Mutual – the “World’s Most Admired” life insurance company in 2011 according to FORTUNE® magazine – announced... More


MILWAUKEE, Wis. (BUSINESS WIRE), May 05, 2011 - Northwestern Mutual, the “World’s Most Admired” life insurance company in 2011 according to FORTUNE® magazine, ranks No. 112 among... More


MILWAUKEE (BUSINESS WIRE), May 05, 2011 - The Northwestern Mutual Foundation is making a $100,000 donation to the American Red Cross to provide immediate relief to citizens following the devastating tornadoes... More


MILWAUKEE (BUSINESS WIRE), May 04, 2011 - Northwestern Mutual Chairman and CEO John Schlifske and Steve Forbes, chairman and editor in chief of Forbes Media, will speak to more than 4,000 business and... More


MILWAUKEE (BUSINESS WIRE), April 27, 2011 - The Northwestern Mutual Foundation is launching Click for Kids, a Facebook-driven initiative to provide a total gift of $200,000 to three nonprofits dedicated... More


MILWAUKEE (BUSINESS WIRE), April 21, 2011 - April showers are here, and most Americans have just completed their taxes; now it’s time to decide what to do with that refund check. Your tax refund... More


MILWAUKEE (BUSINESS WIRE), April 20, 2011 - A newly published poll from Northwestern Mutual – a leading financial security company – shows that Americans overwhelmingly prefer choices that... More


MILWAUKEE (BUSINESS WIRE), April 15, 2011 - Northwestern Mutual, the “World’s Most Admired” life insurance company in 2011 according to FORTUNE® magazine, has released an interactive... More


MILWAUKEE (BUSINESS WIRE), April 13, 2011 - Northwestern Mutual, the “World’s Most Admired” life insurance company in 2011 according to FORTUNE® magazine, reminds consumers of the... More


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... More


MILWAUKEE (BUSINESS WIRE), March 29, 2011 - Over 80% of parents are “giving in” always or occasionally when kids ask for extra money beyond an agreed allowance, according to the latest poll... More


MILWAUKEE (BUSINESS WIRE), March 28, 2011 - Northwestern Mutual – the World’s Most Admired Life Insurance Company in 2011 according to FORTUNE® magazine – is announcing a formal... More


The Northwestern Mutual Foundation – the largest corporate giver in the state of Wisconsin – is announcing more than $1.1 million in grants to support literacy and increase access to higher... More


MILWAUKEE (BUSINESS WIRE), March 23, 2011 - Following the Centers for Disease Control’s recent announcement that American life expectancy continues to increase, Northwestern Mutual – a leading... More


MILWAUKEE (BUSINESS WIRE), March 21, 2011 - Due to increased demand from Americans who seek financial guidance, Northwestern Mutual – a leading financial security company – aims to add 2,500... More


MILWAUKEE (BUSINESS WIRE), March 17, 2011 - The Northwestern Mutual Foundation is making a $125,000 donation to the American Red Cross to provide immediate relief to citizens in the aftermath of the large-scale... More


The Northwestern Mutual Foundation awarded The Northern New England Financial Group of Manchester, NH, with the 2011 Community Impact Award for its work with Easter Seals of New Hampshire, an organization... More


MILWAUKEE (BUSINESS WIRE), March 03, 2011 - Northwestern Mutual is the “World’s Most Admired Company” in the life insurance industry, according to executives, directors and analysts worldwide... More


MILWAUKEE (BUSINESS WIRE), March 02, 2011 - Northwestern Mutual – a leading financial security company – celebrates its 154th year in business this week, and is experiencing stronger demand... More


MILWAUKEE (BUSINESS WIRE), February 21, 2011 - A.M. Best has announced that it affirmed the best possible insurance financial strength ratings for Northwestern Mutual and Northwestern Long Term Care Insurance... More


MILWAUKEE (BUSINESS WIRE), February 17, 2011 - Northwestern Mutual announced today that sales of its risk products increased across the board and set company records in 2010. Additionally, new market research... More


MILWAUKEE (BUSINESS WIRE), January 27, 2011 - Northwestern Mutual today announced its 2010 financial results, which were marked by an approved dividend payout for 2011 of nearly $4.9 billion and by record... More


MILWAUKEE (BUSINESS WIRE), January 24, 2011 - More Americans are taking action to address their financial needs today, with nearly 70% claiming that “Getting my financial house in order is a priority... More


(January 17, 2011 – Milwaukee, WI) The Northwestern Mutual Foundation – the largest corporate giver in the state of Wisconsin – is announcing $780,000 in grants to help 13 nonprofits... More


MILWAUKEE (BUSINESS WIRE), January 12, 2011 - According to an online poll commissioned by Northwestern Mutual, Americans are starting 2011 on a positive and optimistic note when it comes to their personal... More


MILWAUKEE (BUSINESS WIRE), January 04, 2011 - Fitch Ratings affirmed the best possible insurance financial strength ratings for Northwestern Mutual and Northwestern Long Term Care Insurance Company. These... 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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