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MSU business college to host national executives from Northwestern Mutual

January 13, 2015 -- MSU News Service

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Three national executives from Northwestern Mutual will discuss ethics and careers in a presentation set for 3 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 29, in the Procrastinator Theater at Montana State University.

Hosted by the Jake Jabs College of Business and Entrepreneurship, “A Conversation from the Top: National Executives from Northwestern Mutual on Ethics and Careers” will feature Michael G. Carter, Tim Gerend and Ronald P. Joelson. The presentation will focus on corporate ethics, including why ethics is viewed as a core component of Northwestern Mutual and how regulation and compliance relate to ethics. It will also include basic information about Northwestern Mutual, as well as information about the company’s approach to investing, financial management and strategic planning. A question and answer session will follow the presentation, which is free and open to the public.

Carter is executive vice president and chief financial officer at Northwestern Mutual. As such, he is responsible for the company’s financial management functions, strategic planning and enterprise risk management oversight.

As senior vice president-agencies, Gerend is responsible for performance and relationship management of the company’s independent distribution system, as well as executive oversight of field growth and development, field distribution and policy administration and field oversight and support delivered through Northwestern Mutual’s regional teams.

Joelson, who serves as executive vice president and chief investment officer at Northwestern Mutual, oversees management of the company’s $186 billion general account investment portfolio. The portfolio is made up of public and private bonds and stocks, preferred stock, commercial mortgage loans and real estate equities. He is also responsible for the company’s three investment subsidiaries.

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