Northwestern Mutual

Jo Eisenhart


Joann (Jo) Eisenhart is senior vice president for human resources at Northwestern Mutual. In this role, she leads the Human Resources, Facilities and Philanthropy function, which includes the Human Resources, Facilities Operations, and Strategic Philanthropy & Community Relations Departments.

Prior to joining Northwestern Mutual in 2011, Eisenhart was senior vice president for human resources at Pfizer Inc, where she led a global human resources team that supported more than 100,000 employees worldwide. Previous to this position, she was vice president of human resources for Pfizer's Global R&D organization. From 1985 to 2001, Eisenhart worked at the Rohm & Haas Company, a specialty chemical company acquired by Dow Chemical in 2009. While at Rohm & Haas, she spent eight years in human resources and organizational effectiveness and eight years as a research scientist in the polymers division.

Eisenhart holds a doctorate in human and organizational development from The Fielding Graduate Institute, where her dissertation research focused on the topic of women, leadership and power in large corporations. She also holds a doctorate in inorganic chemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of Illinois-Urbana.

Eisenhart is on the Board of Directors of Plexus Corporation, Board of Advisors for the University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Chemistry, the Board of Directors for the American Red Cross of Southeastern Wisconsin, and the Board of Directors for LearnVest.

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