Symetra Financial appoints Board member Sally Jewell as Chair of its Board of Directors

– USA, WA –  Symetra Financial Corporation, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sumitomo Life Insurance Company, today announced the appointment of Sally Jewell as chair of its Board of Directors, effective Aug. 24, 2023, succeeding Tom Marra, who recently resigned after serving as chair since 2017.

About Sally Jewell

Sally Jewell, former U.S. Secretary of the Interior under President Barack Obama and former CEO of REI, joined Symetra’s board in March 2018.

“Symetra has established itself as a force in the life insurance industry with a seasoned CEO and leadership team. The company’s vision to create a world where more people have access to financial freedom and commitment to its Value, Transparency, and Sustainability guiding principles are resonating with customers and business partners. I see tremendous opportunity ahead for Symetra and look forward to working with my board colleagues, Margaret, and the executive team to build on our momentum,” said Sally Jewell.

During her tenure as president and CEO of REI from 2005 to 2013, the outdoor retailer experienced strong growth and was named to FORTUNE Magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For in the U.S.,” achieving a top-10 ranking three times. Before REI, Ms. Jewell spent nineteen years in the banking industry in a variety of executive roles, preceded by her early career as an engineer in the energy sector.

Sally Jewell has served on the boards of numerous corporate, nonprofit, and civic organizations. In addition to Symetra, she currently serves on the boards of Costco Wholesale, Green Diamond Resource Company, and The Nature Conservancy. She was named a 2022 Director of the Year by the Puget Sound Business Journal in their annual recognition of board directors “who have made outstanding contributions to a range of companies and organizations across the Puget Sound region.”

Ms. Jewell served as the interim CEO of The Nature Conservancy from 2019-2020 and as the Edward V. Fritzky Endowed Chair in Leadership at the University of Washington’s Foster School of Business for the 2021-22 academic year.

About Symetra

Symetra Financial Corporation is a diversified financial services company based in Bellevue, Washington. In business since 1957, Symetra provides employee benefits, annuities, and life insurance through a national network of benefit consultants, financial institutions, and independent financial professionals and insurance producers.


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