A top insurance executive will speak at West Virginia University on business leadership during the College of Business and Economics annual Samuel H. Weese Financial Services Lecture.
John E. Schlifske, president of Northwestern Mutual, will speak on "The Long Run: Driving Sustainable Long-Term Enterprise Value" Tuesday, April 20, at 3:30 p.m. in the Mountainlair Gluck Theater. The event is free and open to the public with a reception to follow.
Schlifske became president of Northwestern Mutual and a member of the company’s board of trustees in 2009.
Previously, Schlifske was president and chief executive officer of Russell Investment Co. and Northwestern Mutual’s executive vice president – Investment Products and Services. In that role, he was responsible for all aspects of the company’s investment products and services business, including annuities, mutual funds, advisory products and the Northwestern Mutual Wealth Management Co.
Schlifske joined Northwestern Mutual in 1987 as an investment specialist and began to hold positions of increasing authority. He managed company investments in private placements, leveraged buyouts, private equity and public convertibles, as well as mortgage loans and real estate.
The Weese lecture was established in honor of Dr. Samuel H. Weese, who earned an undergraduate degree and MBA from the WVU College of Business and Economics and a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. He was insurance commissioner for West Virginia from 1969-75.