Allstate Realigns Customer Units; Promotes Winter, Other Executives

December 17, 2014

The Allstate Corp. announced organizational and leadership changes in its personal lines management, agency distribution, multiple-customer operations and technology that CEO Thomas J. Wilson says prepare the company to serve the next generation.

“These changes will help us build the next-generation corporation which delivers strong business results as a purpose-driven organization that improves the lives of people and communities,” said Wilson, chairman, president and CEO. “We will better serve customers, accelerate innovation and continue to set the pace of change for the competition.”

Allstate said the following changes are effective January 5, 2015:

Matt Winter is being promoted to president of The Allstate Corp. and chief executive officer of Allstate Life Insurance Co., from his current role as president, Allstate Personal Lines. Winter retains responsibility for the Allstate branded property/casualty business and will be in charge of integrating Allstate’s life insurance operations into Allstate Personal Lines. He will continue to report to Wilson, who remains chairman and chief executive officer.

Winter joined Allstate in 2009 as president and CEO of Allstate Financial and has held senior leadership positions with American International Group, Massachusetts Mutual Life and Connecticut Mutual Life Insurance Co.

Allstate also said it is reorganizing its brand distribution to “enhance the trusted advisor role” of Allstate agencies. Western Territory President James A. Haskins is being promoted to executive vice president, Allstate Brand Distribution. Haskins has more than two decades of experience in the insurance industry.

To modernize the operating model, a number of operating activities will be consolidated into one unit, which will be led by Jim DeVries as executive vice president, Allstate Brand Operations. DeVries is currently Allstate’s chief administrative officer.

Businesses that serve multiple customer segments and markets will make up the Emerging Businesses organization, which will be led by Don Civgin as president, Emerging Businesses, reporting to Wilson. This organization will include Business-to-Business, Esurance, Answer Financial, annuities and the company’s connected car initiatives. The Business-to-Business organization includes Encompass, Ivantage, Allstate Dealer Services, Allstate Business Insurance, Allstate Roadside Services and Allstate Benefits, and will continue to be successfully led by Kathy Mabe. Civgin is currently president and chief executive officer of Allstate Financial and oversees Esurance. He previously was Allstate’s chief financial officer.

Suren Gupta, executive vice president, Allstate Technology & Operations, will take on the role of executive vice president, Enterprise Technology and Strategic Ventures. He will lead the global technology organization and oversee Allstate’s investments in companies that advance its technology-driven customer-focused strategy. Gupta will continue reporting to Wilson.

Harriet Harty is being promoted to executive vice president, Human Resources, reporting to Tom Wilson. She has had great success in a wide range of responsibilities within Human Resources in nearly 20 years with Allstate.

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