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LIMRA Announces 25 Rising Stars of Innovation Under 40

WINDSOR, Conn., September 26, 2017 - LIMRA today announced the winners of its contest to recognize the 25 Rising Stars of Innovation under 40 in the financial services industry. The contest searched for industry professionals under 40 who demonstrate innovation within their companies.

“Our industry is at the cusp of significant disruption.  The people we are recognizing demonstrate remarkable creativity and have implemented thoughtful innovation,” said Alison Salka, senior vice president and director of LIMRA research. “We are excited to recognize these up-and-coming leaders and look forward to seeing how they will continue to transform our industry.”

The winners will be honored at a reception during LIMRA’s Annual Conference, which will be held Oct. 22-24, 2017, in National Harbor, Maryland.  To learn more about the conference, please visit:

To view the winners and read excerpts from their nominations, please visit:  25 Rising Stars in Innovation

  • Sandeep Ajith

    Director, Advanced Analytics
    Lincoln Financial Group
  • Justin Baker

    Vice-President of Life-Health Administration
    COUNTRY Financial

  • Bernardo Ferreira Castello

    Superintendente Ejectutivo
    Bradesco Vida e Previdência S.A
  • Daniel Clauson

    LTC Sales Desk Manager
    Pacific Life Insurance Company

  • Gordon Collins

    Director, Sales Development & Productivity
    Allianz Life Financial Services
  • Christina Eng

    Senior Client Representative, Employee Benefits
    Voya Financial

  • Mark Hardy

    Senior Manager, Direct Life & Health
    TD Insurance
  • Ja’Nene Kane

    Vice President, Enrollment | Workplace Solution
    MassMutual Financial Group

  • Jean-Michel Lavoie

    Assistant Vice President, Product Development, Group Benefits
    Sun Life Financial
  • Nichole Lecher

    Director – New Business Transformation
    Northwestern Mutual

  • Kevin Mechtley

    Corporate Attorney – Conflicts Counsel
    Sammons Financial Group
  • Ewelina Mroczek

    Senior Consultant, Product Management, Annuity Solutions
    Lincoln Financial Group

  • Alan O’Donnell

    Director Advice Experience
    Thrivent Financial
  • Ben Ogorek

    Director, Predictive Modeling
    CUNA Mutual Group

  • Silvana Orezzoli

    Directora de Marketing y Clientes
    Mapfre Peru
  • Eric Pahl

    Associate Actuary, Life & Annuities
    Sentry Life Insurance Company

  • Tim Poppert

    Director – Digital Innovation and Research
    Northwestern Mutual
  • Jaime Proman

    Director, Digital Innovation
    Securian Financial Group

  • Kristi Rackliff

    Manager, The Competitive Services Group
    Lincoln Financial Distributors, Inc.
  • John C. Roberts

    Vice President, Distribution Performance
    Northwestern Mutual

  • Shatrunjai Singh

    Senior Data Scientist
    John Hancock Insurance
  • Nicholle Taylor

    Vice President, Service and Operations - Retirement Plans

  • Edrick J. Touma Taveras

    Vice-President of Operations
    Trans-Oceanic Life Insurance Company (TOLIC)
  • Tung Hsiao Ley

    Head of AIA Vitality
    AIA Malaysia

  • MacKenzie Welch

    Competitive Market Research Analyst
    Lincoln Financial Group

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