Senior Vice President and Head of Human Resources Joanne Rodgers appointed to New York Life’s Executive Management Committee.

New York Life | February 21, 2023

NEW YORK – New York Life, America’s largest mutual life insurer1, today announced the appointment of Joanne Rodgers, Senior Vice President and Head of Human Resources, to the company’s Executive Management Committee. Ms. Rodgers will continue to report to Sheila Davidson, Executive Vice President and Chief Legal & Administrative Officer.

Ms. Rodgers currently oversees New York Life’s Human Resources capabilities and organization. Most recently, she led the company’s return to on-site work approach, successfully linking the benefits of in-person collaboration with the flexibility provided by a hybrid work environment. In addition, Ms. Rodgers has pursued new initiatives focused on personal and professional growth, diversity, equity and inclusion, and more agile ways of working.

“Joanne’s appointment to our Executive Management Committee strengthens our executive leadership team and reinforces how critically important it is that we maintain a strong culture and talented workforce as we fulfill our mission of providing financial security and peace of mind to our customers,” said Craig DeSanto, CEO and President of New York Life. “Under Joanne’s leadership, we will continue to deliver long-term value to our policy owners and further our standing as an employer of choice.”

Ms. Rodgers joined New York Life’s Corporate Compliance department in 1994. Since then, she has served on the Corporate Strategy team, as the company’s Chief Diversity Officer, as a Senior HR Business Partner, and has overseen Compensation, Benefits, HR Operations, and Employee Relations prior to being appointed head of Human Resources. She also served as chair of the Women’s Leadership Program, now known as The Women’s Initiative employee resource group.

Prior to joining New York Life, Ms. Rodgers served at the National Association of Securities Dealers, now FINRA, and Shearson Lehman Brothers. She received her Bachelor of Arts from Franklin & Marshall College. 


New York Life Insurance Company (, a Fortune 100 company founded in 1845, is the largest mutual life insurance company in the United States1 and one of the largest life insurers in the world. 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 has the highest financial strength ratings currently awarded to any U.S. life insurer from all four of the major credit rating agencies2.

1Based on revenue as reported by “Fortune 500 ranked within Industries, Insurance: Life, Health (Mutual),” Fortune magazine, 5/23/2022. For methodology, please see
2Individual independent rating agency commentary as of 10/18/2022: A.M. Best (A++), Fitch (AAA), Moody’s Investors Service (Aaa), Standard & Poor’s (AA+).


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