March 16, 2012

As part of an ongoing realignment of its Group Insurance business unit, Prudential Financial (Newark, N.J.) has named Jim Pogue VP, Group Life Products. In his new role, Pogue will be responsible for managing the P&L for a suite of Prudential's group life insurance products, including Life, AD&D, Group Universal Life, Group Variable Universal Life, International Group Benefits, and Post Retirement Liability and Funding Solutions, and he will set strategic direction, establish business goals and service strategy, and identify growth opportunities, according to a Prudential statement.

"Jim brings a wealth of group insurance management experience to his new role, including a proven record of achieving business results in a highly competitive environment," says Jim Gemus, senior VP, Prudential Group Insurance, with overall responsibility for the entire Group Life, Voluntary, and Non-Qualified Benefit product suite. "He has a sharp customer focus as well as a demonstrated ability to manage innovative, rapid organic growth—both of which are key to Prudential's business strategy."

Pogue, whose career in the group insurance industry spans more than thirty years, was most recently at Guardian Life Insurance Company (New York), where he served as senior VP, Group Profit Center, with responsibility for all group lines of business, including sales, marketing, actuarial, compliance, and operations. Previously, Pogue served as president and CEO of United Health Group - Ovations Insurance Solution. Earlier in his career he held a number of senior management positions at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois (Chicago).

At the end of February, Prudential named Joseph Hayes CIO of Group Insurance.

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