Mutual of Omaha is committed to providing outstanding service to policyholders. Our Corporate Governance program stands in support of that commitment.

For more information or questions, contact Richard Anderl, Corporate Secretary.

Mutual of Omaha's board of directors has adopted these Corporate Governance Standards (PDF) for the benefit of policyholders.

James Blackledge

James Blackledge

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Stephen Abels

Stephen Abels

Executive Vice President, Income and Wealth Planning Solutions

Richard Anderl

Richard Anderl

Executive Vice President and General Counsel

Scott Ault

Scott Ault

Executive Vice President, Workplace Solutions

Brad Buechler

Brad Buechler

Executive Vice President, Senior Health Solutions

Richard Hrabchak

Richard Hrabchak

Executive Vice President and Chief Investment Officer

Michael Lechtenberger

Michael Lechtenberger

Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer

Stacy Scholtz

Stacy Scholtz

Chief Administrative Officer and Executive Vice President, Emerging and Strategic Solutions, Marketing, and Departing Well Solutions

Vibhu Sharma

Vibhu Sharma

Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer

Jason Coyle

Jason Coyle

Senior Vice President and Chief Internal Auditor

Tracy DeWald

Tracy DeWald

Senior Vice President and Chief Risk Officer

Jeffrey Schmid

Jeffrey Schmid

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Mutual of Omaha Bank

James T. Blackledge

Mr. Blackledge currently serves as Chairman and CEO for Mutual of Omaha. He joined Mutual as an actuary in 1989 and was elected president in November of 2014, with the board appointing him Chief Executive Officer in April 2015. Prior to his election as president, he was executive vice president and chief information officer/chief risk officer, where he was responsible for technology applications and systems infrastructure as well as enterprise risk management. In addition, he has previously held leadership roles in Mutual of Omaha's individual and group business units. Mr. Blackledge has been a Director of Mutual of Omaha since 2015 and Board Chair since January 2018. He is a member of the Executive and Risk Committees.

W. Gary Gates

Mr. Gates retired in June 2015 as president and CEO of the Omaha Public Power District (OPPD) – one of the largest publicly owned electric utilities in the United States. He has been a director of Mutual of Omaha since March 2007. He currently chairs the Corporate Governance Committee and also serves on the Risk and Executive Committees.

Sheila Hooda

With more than 30 years of global business leadership and governance experience, Hooda is CEO, President and Founder of Alpha Advisory Partners, an advisory firm providing growth strategy, NM&A and turnaround services for the financial and business services sectors. Previously, she was Global Head of M&A and Corporate Development at TIAA-CREF. She has also held senior leadership positions with Thomson Reuters, Credit Suisse and Bankers Trust. Hooda has also served as a Strategy Management Consultant with McKinsey & Co. She was elected to the board in March 2016. She currently serves on the Audit and the Compensation and Evaluation Committees.

Rodrigo López

Mr. López has over 30 years of experience in the financial services industry, most recently as Executive Chairman and Director of NorthMarq Capital Finance, L.L.C, a mortgage banking company dedicated to providing capital solutions for the multifamily industry. In January 2018, he became Chairman of AmeriSphere Companies, LLC, which is engaged in commercial real estate investment and development. He was previously President and Chief Executive Officer and Director of AmeriSphere Multifamily Finance, LLC, a company he founded in 1997 and which was acquired in 2015 by NorthMarq Capital, L.L.C. Prior to founding AmeriSphere, he was Chief Lending Officer for a life insurance company. Mr. López served as the 2017 Chairman of the Mortgage Bankers Association, he is Chairman of the Board of Children's Hospital & Medical Center and serves on the board of the University of Nebraska Foundation. He has been a Director of Mutual of Omaha since 2016 and serves on the Audit, Investment and Corporate Governance Committees.

Derek R. McClain

Mr. McClain is a financial and management consultant and, since January 2011, has served extensively in that capacity to CBRE Global Investors, the real estate investment management affiliate of CBRE Group, Inc. He began his career with the law firm of Vinson & Elkins LLP, where he practiced corporate finance and securities law. Mr. McClain has also served as general counsel and CFO for Trammell Crow Company. He has been a director of Mutual of Omaha since December 2007. Mr. McClain is also a member of the Board of Directors of Triumph Bancorp, Inc. and several private companies. He is a member of the Corporate Governance Committee and serves as chair of the Audit Committee.

James G. McFarlane

Mr. McFarlane is executive advisor for Arthur J. Gallagher & Co., and international insurance and risk management services firm. Prior to his current position, he served as chairman of the Western region for Arthur J. Gallagher since 1997. He has been a director of Mutual of Omaha since May 2003, and serves on the Audit and Compensation and Evaluation Committees and chairs the Executive Committee.

Paula R. Meyer

With more than 30 years of experience in the financial services industry, Mrs. Meyer began her career with the Vanguard Group and most recently served as president of RiverSource Funds and Ameriprise Certificate Company with Ameriprise Financial, Inc. (formerly American Express Financial Corp.). She retired in 2006. Mrs. Meyer also serves on the board of directors of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines. She has been a director of Mutual of Omaha since September 2009. She serves on the Investment and Risk Committees and is chair of the Compensation and Evaluation Committee.

Daniel P. Neary

Mr. Neary served as chairman of the board for Mutual of Omaha from 2004 until January 2018, when he retired from the position. He retired as Mutual of Omaha's Chief Executive Officer in 2015 after serving ten years in that position. Prior to serving as CEO, he served as president. He joined Mutual of Omaha as an actuary in 1976 and held a number of positions in the Group products area, including executive vice president overseeing that strategic business unit. He served as president from 2003-2004. Mr. Neary is also a member of the board of directors of Valmont Industries. Mr. Neary has been a director of Mutual of Omaha since August 2003. He serves on the Executive and Investment Committees and chairs the Risk Committee.

Audit Committee

  • Derek R. McClain, Chair
  • Sheila Hooda
  • Rodrigo López
  • James G. McFarlane

Executive Committee

  • James G. McFarlane, Chair
  • James T. Blackledge
  • W. Gary Gates
  • Daniel P. Neary

Compensation and Evaluation Committee

  • Paula R. Meyer, Chair
  • Sheila Hooda
  • James G. McFarlane

Investment Committee

  • Rodrigo López, Chair
  • Paula R. Meyer
  • Daniel P. Neary

Corporate Governance Committee

  • W. Gary Gates, Chair
  • Rodrigo López
  • Derek R. McClain

Risk Committee

  • Daniel P. Neary, Chair
  • James T. Blackledge
  • W. Gary Gates
  • Paula R. Meyer