Katherine R. O’Brien, Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer

Katherine O’Brien is Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer of New York Life Insurance Company, responsible for the Company’s Employee Relations, Talent Management, Talent Acquisition, HR Business Partners, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Compensation, Benefits, and HR Services and Operations functions. She was appointed to New York Life’s Executive Management Committee in July 2014.

Ms. O’Brien joined New York Life in 1995 and has served in multiple, progressively responsible roles with New York Life in the Office of the General Counsel from 1995 to 2003 and the Human Resources Department from 2004 to 2006. She served as Chief Diversity Officer from 2006 to 2008, during which time she created the Company’s first Office of Diversity.

From 2008 to 2013, Katherine served in multiple leadership roles in the Corporate Counsel area of the Office of the General Counsel, including as Senior Vice President, Deputy General Counsel & Chief Corporate Counsel in charge of the Litigation, Employment Law, ERISA, Corporate Transactions/M&A, Subsidiary Governance and Commercial Agreements/IP teams from 2010 to 2013.

Prior to joining New York Life, Ms. O’Brien was with the law firm of Christy & Viener where she worked from 1989 to 1995, after several years of litigation experience in multiple private law firms. She received her B.A. from Wesleyan University and her J.D. from Brooklyn Law School.

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