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Legal & General America Welcomes Jennifer Torneden, Senior Vice President of Sales & Strategic Growth

Legal & General America has brought on Jennifer Torneden as vice president of sales & strategic growth starting Monday, June 1, 2020. Torneden will be leading strategic growth initiatives across the entire organization in support of its customers and partners.

26 May 2020


Torneden is a seasoned insurance executive with expertise in growth strategies, collaboration and creating new capabilities in broker distribution, sales, partnerships and finance. She has a solid track record of building high performance teams and collaborating with board of directors, senior management, customers, peer executives and team stakeholders to drive alignment and execution on key business initiatives. She is driven to deliver efficiencies and results throughout the organization.

In her most recent role at Aon Affinity as SVP, Head of Distribution and Sales, Torneden developed and launched an innovative growth strategy around agents and brokers to become one of Aon's fastest growing distribution channels. She also worked with insurtech partnerships to identify new capabilities, products and ways of working to disrupt how they operate today.

Prior to joining Aon, Torneden spent 16 years at Zurich Insurance in significant roles in finance, strategy, administration, product marketing and most recently as SVP, Regional Sales Director. She also worked for Arthur Andersen Consulting in Advanced Technology where she implemented a customer satisfaction process under the direction of the Executive Branch. She completed her MBA at Columbia University and her BS in finance at George Mason University.

Torneden was the winner of the 2019 Women to Watch award from Business Insurance, recipient of the 2018 Woman of the Year award from Rough Notes for promoting diversity and inclusion within the insurance industry, is a Board member for GrowthSource Academy, and involved in multiple charitable organizations. She is a speaker on industry panels at Columbia University and is a regular speaker of the Kearns Global Lecture Series.

Jennifer Torneden, Senior Vice President of Sales & Strategic Growth: "I am very excited to join LGA and build upon the strong foundation that's already been established. I have long admired General Colin Powell, most specifically his vision on the role of leadership and importance of supporting one's team. Throughout my career, I have strived to apply this vision and look forward to bringing it with me to LGA."
Mark Holweger, President and CEO of LGA: "We are thrilled to be welcoming Ms. Torneden to our team. Digitization, partnerships and innovation have been key tenants of our growth strategy at LGA, and Ms. Torneden is well-positioned to drive that vision forward."

Notes to editors

Established in 1836, Legal & General is one of the UK’s leading financial services groups and a major global investor, with international businesses in the US, Europe, Middle East and Asia. With almost £1.3 trillion in total assets under management*, we are the UK’s largest investment manager for corporate pension schemes and a UK market leader in pension risk transfer, alternative asset origination, life insurance, workplace pensions and retirement income. Through inclusive capitalism, we aim to build a better society by investing in long-term assets that benefit everyone.

* at 30 June 2021

Our companies, Banner Life Insurance Company and William Penn Life insurance Company, have been in the business of protecting Americans with life insurance for more than 70 years. Today we are known as Legal & General America and are a proud part of the ninth-largest insurer in the world. By 2019 Legal & General America had more than 1.3 million policyholders and was noted as a top-five provider of term life insurance in the US, issuing more than $57 billion in new coverage.

(As of June 2021)