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LIMRA Announces 25 Rising Stars of Marketing and Communications Under 40

WINDSOR, Conn., August 24, 2017 - LIMRA today announced the winners of its contest to recognize the 25 Rising Stars of Marketing and Communications under 40 in the financial services industry. The contest searched for creative and passionate individuals who taking marketing to new heights in the financial services sector.

“These growing leaders are pushing the boundaries of marketing; using out of the box strategies and innovative communications tools and tactics to inform and engage consumers,” said Lisa Tanen-La Fontaine, chief marketing officer, LIMRA and LOMA. “We are proud to recognize this next generation of marketing and communications leaders and celebrate their successes. We are inspired by what they have done and how they push the rest of the industry forward.”

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 Marketing and Communications

  • Jacob Arnold

    Digital Marketing Analysis
    Western & Southern Life
  • Melissa Brandt

    Senior Marketing Consultant
    Lincoln Financial Distributors

  • Eric Chang

    Chief Marketing Officer
    AIA Malaysia
  • Abby Christmas

    Director User Experience Design
    Brighthouse Financial

  • Amber Cisneros

    Director, Creative Services
    Pacific Life Insurance Company
  • Laura Evers

    Director of Customer Experience
    Horace Mann

  • Kathryn Ferrero

    Chief Marketing Officer
    AXA U.S.
  • Monique R. Freeman

    Manager of Communications Strategy for Prudential’s Global Marketing Communications Retirement Practice
    Prudential Financial, Inc.

  • Karen Gousse

    Marketing Communications Manager
    John Hancock
  • Daniel Griesemer

    Second Vice President, Product Marketing Communications and Training
    Ohio National Financial Services

  • Melissa Hernandez

    Director of Corporate Communications
    Jackson National Life Insurance
  • Jennifer Kelly

    Data Scientist – Marketing Analytics

  • Nate Korhonen

    Life Director of Sales and Service
    American Family Insurance
  • Erin Loniello

    Director of Marketing Services
    Bankers Life

  • Corey Luke

    Senior Product Line Director
    Allianz Life
  • Chrisinda Mowrer

    Assistant Vice President, Consumer Engagement and Loyalty

  • Denis Nguyen

    Data Scientist – Marketing Analytics
  • Melissa Oshin

    Marketing Specialist
    Mutual of Omaha

  • Dawn Pepin Dawn Pepin

    Director, Life Insurance Marketing
  • Lindsey Reale

    Assistant Director, Marketing
    The Hartford

  • Kerry Sette

    Vice President, Consumer Insights and Research
  • Shital Patel

    Director, Customer Experience

  • Ethan Slavin

    Communications Director; National Media Relations
  • Anima Tatsajun

    Senior Manager, Corporate Communications
    AIA Thailand

  • David Wilson

    Social Media Director
    Empower Retirement | Great-West Financial

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