New York Life Names Katherine O’Brien Chief Human Resources Officer


New York Life announced today that Senior Vice President Katherine O’Brien has been elected Chief Human Resources Officer, effective January 1, 2014. She will report to Senior Vice President Barry Schub, who oversees a number of corporate departments including Corporate Strategy, Corporate Communications and Human Resources.

In her new role, Ms. O’Brien assumes responsibility for Talent Development, Talent Acquisition, the HR Services unit, Compensation and Benefits, Employee Relations and the HR Business Partners function, with additional oversight for the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

Ms. O’Brien is currently senior vice president and chief corporate counsel, leading all corporate practice teams in the Office of the General Counsel, including the employment and ERISA units. Previously, she was first vice president and deputy general counsel in the Office of the General Counsel after serving as the company’s first chief diversity officer in the Human Resources Department for two years. Prior to that, Ms. O’Brien held positions of increasing responsibility in the Office of the General Counsel. She joined New York Life in 1995 as a litigator, specializing in employment litigation and benefits compliance. Prior to joining New York Life, Ms. O’Brien worked with several law firms in New York in general commercial litigation.

Mr. Schub said, “We are indeed fortunate to have an executive with Katherine’s experience and judgment to lead our human resources organization. In her past HR-related roles she has made significant contributions and we look forward to many more in her new role.”

Ms. O’Brien earned a J.D. from Brooklyn Law School and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wesleyan University. She resides in New York City.

New York Life Insurance Company, a Fortune 100 company founded in 1845, is the largest mutual life insurance company in the United States* and one of the largest life insurers in the world. New York Life has the highest possible financial strength ratings currently awarded to any life insurer from all four of the major credit rating agencies: A.M. Best (A++), Fitch (AAA), Moody’s Investors Service (Aaa), Standard & Poor’s (AA+).** Headquartered in New York City, New York Life’s family of companies offers life insurance, retirement income, investments and long-term care insurance. New York Life Investments*** provides institutional asset management and retirement plan services. Other New York Life affiliates provide an array of securities products and services, as well as retail mutual funds. Please visit New York Life’s website at for more information.

*Based on revenue as reported by “Fortune 500 ranked within Industries, Insurance: Life, Health (Mutual),” Fortune magazine, May 20, 2013. See for methodology.
**Individual independent rating agency commentary as of 8/1/13.
***New York Life Investments is a service mark used by New York Life Investment Management Holdings LLC and its subsidiary, New York Life Investment Management LLC.

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