Northwestern Mutual

Sarah Schott


I am vice president of the Enterprise Compliance Department and the chief compliance officer at Northwestern Mutual. In my role, I lead a team of about 140 compliance professionals who ensure that Northwestern Mutual is in compliance with all insurance and investment industry regulations. In our department we care deeply about employee development and engagement, which positions us for success in our mission to help grow the business the right way.

I joined Northwestern Mutual’s Law Department in July 2007 as assistant general counsel assigned to investment products and advisory services. I subsequently served as director–strategic planning and consulting and as director–specialty life underwriting in the New Business Department. I also served as secretary to the company’s management and strategy execution committees.

Prior to joining Northwestern Mutual, I spent four years at B.C. Ziegler and Company, first as assistant general counsel and later as senior managing director–general counsel. From 2000 through 2003, I was an associate at Wildman, Harrold, Allen & Dixon, a national law firm headquartered in Chicago, IL.

I received my B.A. from Lawrence University and my law degree from Duke University School of Law.  I'm currently a member of the Board of Trustees of Lawrence University.  My husband and I have two sons and we enjoy camping and other outdoor adventures.

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