Our Leaders

Northwestern Mutual Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer John Schlifske.

John Schlifske

Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer

John E. Schlifske is chairman, president and chief executive officer of Northwestern Mutual, and is a member of the Board of Trustees. Schlifske joined Northwestern Mutual as an investment specialist and later led a variety of the company's investment operations as well as different parts of its business operations.

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Northwestern Mutual Executive Vice President and Chief Financial and Risk Officer Michael G. Carter.

Michael G. Carter

Executive Vice President

Chief Financial and Risk Officer

Michael G. Carter oversees the company's financial management functions and enterprise risk management. His responsibilities encompass corporate controllers, financial management, budgeting, financial planning and analysis, actuarial, investment risk and risk management.

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Northwestern Mutual Executive Vice President and Chief Distribution Officer Timothy J. Gerend.

Timothy J. Gerend

Executive Vice President

Chief Distribution Officer

Timothy J. Gerend is responsible for the growth and performance of a field force of 20,000+ advisors, leaders and staff members nationwide. He works with enterprise partners to maintain a healthy and strong field system delivering comprehensive plans that combine life insurance and investment solutions in support of clients' financial goals.

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Northwestern Mutual Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer, President of Retail Investments and Head of Institutional Investments Aditi Javeri Gokhale.

Aditi Javeri Gokhale

Executive Vice President

Chief Strategy Officer, President of Retail Investments and Head of Institutional Investments

Aditi Javeri Gokhale holds executive accountabilities for the company's strategy to drive growth, competitiveness, and relevance. In addition, she leads teams that oversee more than $570 billion in company and client assets. She is also accountable for NM Future Ventures along with digital disruptor, Wyshbox.

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Northwestern Mutual Executive Vice President and Chief Insurance Officer John M. Grogan.

John M. Grogan

Executive Vice President

Chief Insurance Officer

John M. Grogan is responsible for the strategy and performance of the company's insurance businesses. This includes overall leadership of product development and innovation, product line performance, risk selection standards, and underwriting.

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Northwestern Mutual Executive Vice President and Chairman, Northwestern Mutual Investment Management Company (NMIMC) Ronald P. Joelson.

Ronald P. Joelson

Executive Vice President

Chairman, Northwestern Mutual Investment Management Company (NMIMC)

Ronald P. Joelson shares his extensive investment experience, expertise and insights through a range of engagements with Northwestern Mutual's more than 9,000 sales professionals and their clients.

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Northwestern Mutual Executive Vice President and Chief Customer Officer Christian W. Mitchell.

Christian W. Mitchell

Executive Vice President

Chief Customer Officer

Christian W. Mitchell is responsible for leading Northwestern Mutual's client experience. Christian's accountabilities include shaping and guiding the company's planning philosophy and experience, the digital products that support our customers and field force, and the customer analytics that inform our strategies for improving their experience.

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Northwestern Mutual Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer Don J. Robertson.

Don J. Robertson

Executive Vice President

Chief Human Resources Officer

Don J. Robertson is responsible for the company's employee experience and he leads the Human Resources organization, as well as teams that manage the company's campuses, events and employee digital experience.

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Northwestern Mutual Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer Jeff Sippel.

Jeff Sippel

Executive Vice President

Chief Information Officer

Jeff Sippel is executive vice president and Chief Information Officer of Northwestern Mutual. In this role, Sippel leads an organization of more than 1,700 employees that are responsible for the company's technology architecture, infrastructure and cloud services, reliability, service support, and information risk and cybersecurity.

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Board of trustees

Nicholas E. Brathwaite

Nicholas E. Brathwaite

Founding Managing Partner Celesta Capital

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P. Russell Hardin

P. Russell Hardin

President Robert W. Woodruff Foundation

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David P. Hollander

David P. Hollander

Retired Principal, Global Insurance Sector Leader, Ernst & Young, LLP

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Randolph W. Melville

Randolph W. Melville

Retired Senior Vice President Frito-Lay, North America

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Jaime Montemayor

Jaime Montemayor

Chief Digital and Technology Officer, General Mills

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Timothy H. Murphy

Timothy H. Murphy

Chief Administrative Officer Mastercard

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Andrew N. Nunemaker

Andrew N. Nunemaker

Chief Executive Officer Groupware Technologies

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Anne M. Paradis

Anne M. Paradis

Retired Chief Executive Officer MicroTek, Inc.

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Sandra R. Rogers

Sandra R. Rogers

Retired Vice President, Hillrom, Inc.

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John E. Schlifske

John E. Schlifske

Chairman, President and CEO The Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Co.

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Aarti S. Shah

Aarti S. Shah

Retired Senior Vice President – Chief Information and Digital Officer, Eli Lilly and Company

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Mary Ellen Stanek

Mary Ellen Stanek

Managing Director and Director of Asset Management Robert W. Baird & Co.

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Ralph A. Weber

Ralph A. Weber

Arbitrator, Mediator & Advisor Weber Advising, LLC

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Benjamin F. Wilson

Benjamin F. Wilson

Chairman Beveridge & Diamond, PC

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Juan C. Zarate

Juan C. Zarate

Global Co-Managing Partner and Chief Strategy Officer K2 Integrity

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