Underscores global focus on people-first culture
NEW YORK, May 26, 2021 -- Assurant, Inc. (NYSE: AIZ), a leading global provider of lifestyle and housing solutions that support, protect and connect major consumer purchases, today announced the appointment of Chandra Wilensky as senior vice president, Talent, effective immediately. Wilensky, who joins Assurant from Northern Trust, where she served most recently as chief talent officer, will have oversight for strategic talent acquisition and development, and will report directly to Francesca Luthi, Assurant’s chief administrative officer.
“As an organization that champions a people-first culture, we are excited to welcome Chandra to Assurant to support our continued investment in further developing our incredible talent pool and culture as a strategic advantage,” said Luthi. “Her experience and track record in creating and executing strategies to attract, develop, and retain world-class talent within high-performance companies will ensure that we maintain our steadfast focus on putting our people first, unlocking their potential, and delivering exceptional experiences that drive outperformance for our customers.”
Wilensky’s key responsibilities will include setting Assurant’s talent strategy in support of the company’s business objectives with direct oversight for talent acquisition, performance management, learning and development, talent review and succession planning, as well as career mobility efforts. Her global mandate will include championing Assurant’s diversity, equity and inclusion efforts to best support the unique culture of the organization across the world.
“This is an incredible time to join Assurant in a talent-focused role, given the strategic trajectory the organization is on that will require a fresh perspective on both talent acquisition and development,” said Wilensky. “I’m excited to be a part of helping inject new thinking and approaches to talent that will positively impact the way we work and deliver for our key stakeholders, globally.”
Bringing extensive experience in Human Resources and business and operations roles, Wilensky held the titles of chief talent officer and chief learning officer during her tenure at Northern Trust. She was instrumental in leading successful talent development programs and increasing diversity in leadership. Prior to Northern Trust, she held positions within Allstate including director of risk management for product operations and director of talent development, education and communications within product operations.
Wilensky holds an MBA in Management and International Business from Loyola University, an MA in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from New York University, and a BA in economics from Duke University. She will be based in Atlanta.
Assurant, Inc. (NYSE: AIZ) is a leading global provider of lifestyle and housing solutions that support, protect and connect major consumer purchases. Anticipating the evolving needs of consumers, Assurant partners with the world’s leading brands to develop innovative products and services and to deliver an enhanced customer experience. A Fortune 500 company with a presence in 21 countries, Assurant offers mobile device solutions; extended service contracts; vehicle protection services; pre-funded funeral insurance; renters insurance; lender-placed insurance products; and other specialty products. The Assurant Foundation strengthens communities by supporting charitable partners that help protect where people live and can thrive, connect with local resources, inspire inclusion and prepare leaders of the future.
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