Subject Matter Experts

Prudential business leaders available for interviews for journalists seeking industry-specific information.  
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Annuities   

Bob O'Donnell 

Bob O'Donnell, president, Prudential Annuities, can address innovations that have transformed today's annuities into retirement income-generating solutions that can provide a guaranteed lifetime stream of income. He can also provide insight into the changing variable annuities landscape and industry trends on the horizon. Want to talk to Bob? Email Lisa Bennett or call 973.802.2894.

 

Bruce Ferris 

Bruce Ferris, president, Prudential Annuities Distributors, can answer questions about trends in annuities distribution, including the role of traditional channels like financial advisors and financial institutions, as well as new and emerging markets in today's high-touch environment. Want to talk to Bruce? Email Lisa Bennett or call 973.802.2894.

 
 

Quincy Krosby, a market strategist for Prudential Financial, can provide perspective on the financial markets and the economy. She can tackle issues ranging from consumer confidence to the impact of geopolitical events on the economy. Want to talk to Quincy? Email David Artuso or call 973.802.6408.

Steven Marenakos

Steven Marenakos, vice president, Operations and Systems, Prudential Annuities, can offer insight on the role of technology in supporting the delivery of today's annuities products. Want to talk to Steve? Email Lisa Bennett or call 973.802.2894.



Commercial Mortgages
 
David Durning  David Durning, CEO of Prudential Mortgage Capital Company, can speak to global real estate finance trends and opportunities in the commercial real estate debt markets.  Want to talk to David? Email Theresa Miller or call 973-802-7455. 
 
Marcia Diaz  Marcia Diaz, head of originations at Prudential Mortgage Capital Company, can discuss commercial mortgage loans covering all major capital sources and property types. She can also provide insight into the changes in the commercial real estate arena and the impact those changes have on the lending landscape. Want to talk to Marcia? Email Theresa Miller or call 973-802-7455.
   

 Corporate Social Responsibility
Lata Reddy Lata Reddy, vice president, Corporate Social Responsibility, and president of The Prudential Foundation, can discuss the importance of corporate social responsibility and how Prudential improves communities by investing financial resources, business expertise and employee skills in programs that increase human potential and individuals' self-sufficiency. Want to talk to Lata? Email Lisa Villareal or call 973.367.2503.
 
Ommeed Sathe  Ommeed Sathe, director, Social Investments, can talk about how entrepreneurs around the world are developing market-based solutions to some of the most challenging social and environmental problems. Want to talk to Ommeed? Email Lisa Villareal or call 973.367.2503.
 

Diversity/Inclusion  

Michele C. Green 
 

Michele C. Green, is vice president and chief diversity officer. In this role, she is responsible for leading and directing all diversity initiatives for Prudential and for ensuring ongoing compliance with federal and state equal employment opportunity/affirmative action laws. Michele can speak about the importance of diversity and inclusion as key components for successful businesses in today's global marketplace. Want to talk to Michele? Email Alicia Alston or call 973.802.4446.

 
Iesha Berry 
 

Iesha Berry, a vice president in Prudential’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion, can speak about the importance of business resource groups, diversity training and education, and the key components in creating an inclusive environment and diverse talent pipeline. Want to talk to Iesha? Email Alicia Alston or call 973.802.4446.

 
 

 

Beth Canning, manager of Supplier Diversity in Prudential's Corporate Purchasing Department, is a strong advocate for inclusion of diverse suppliers within the supply chain. She can discuss the management of corporate supplier diversity initiatives to ensure meaningful opportunities for qualified diverse suppliers to compete for business. Want to talk to Beth? Email Karen Moore or call 973.802.8533.


 Fixed Income

James Sullivan  James Sullivan, senior managing director and head of Prudential Fixed Income, can discuss trends in public fixed income, portfolio management and risk management. Want to talk to James? Email Theresa Miller or call 973.802.7455.
 
Mike Lillard, chief investment officer of Prudential Fixed Income, can speak to trends and opportunities within the global economy, with special attention to public fixed income investing. He can discuss Prudential Fixed Income’s general investment strategies and positions. Want to talk to Mike?  Email Theresa Miller or call 973.802.7455.
 
Arvind Rajan  Arvind Rajan, head of Global and Macro for Prudential Fixed Income, can discuss emerging markets, global interest rates and the macroeconomic environment on the whole. He can also address the need to integrate research directly into the investment process. Want to talk to Arvind? Email Theresa Miller or call 973.802.7455.
 
 
Mike Collins  Robert Tipp, chief investment strategist and head of global bonds for Prudential Fixed Income, can tackle a range of topics including the U.S. economy, Fed policy and global interest rates. He can discuss strategies around U.S. Treasuries and TIPs. Want to talk to Robert about the implications of the Fed’s policy changes? Email Theresa Miller or call 973.802.7455.
 
 
Jurgen Odenius  rgen Odenius, chief economist and head of global macroeconomic research at Prudential Fixed Income, can address the divergence of economic policies across the globe. He can discuss the global macroeconomic outlook and how investors can generate alpha through investing in rates, FX and sovereign credit markets. Want to talk to Jürgen? Email Theresa Miller or call 973.802.7455.
 
 
Mike Collins
 
Mike Collins, a senior investment officer with Prudential Fixed Income responsible for multi-sector fixed income strategies including core plus and absolute return, can discuss broad market commentary, especially focused on credit markets. Want to talk to Mike? Email Theresa Miller or call 973.802.7455.
 
 
Greg Peters  Greg Peters, a senior investment officer with Prudential Fixed Income responsible for multi-sector fixed income strategies including core, long government/credit, core plus, and absolute return, can speak to broad market themes and opportunities, in addition to trends seen by his team at Prudential Fixed Income. Want to talk to Greg? Email Theresa Miller or call 973.802.7455.
 
 
Steve Kellner  Steve Kellner, head of credit portfolio management at Prudential Fixed Income, with oversight of all credit portfolio management and trading, as well as managing the strategies for U.S., European and global investment grade corporate bonds, can address the current environment for corporate bonds and what to expect in the sector moving forward. Want to talk to Steve? Email Theresa Miller or call 973.802.7455.
 
David Bessey  David Bessey, head of Prudential Fixed Income’s Emerging Markets Debt Team, can tackle topics around strategies for investing in emerging markets sovereign and corporate debt, as well as emerging markets FX. Want to talk to David? Email Theresa Miller or call 973.802.7455.
 
Cathy Hepworth  Cathy Hepworth, strategist and senior portfolio manager responsible for Prudential Fixed Income’s emerging markets team, can discuss themes and opportunities in emerging markets and offer commentary on the risks associated with investing in these markets. Want to talk to Cathy? Email Theresa Miller or call 973.802.7455.
 
Rob Cignarella  Rob Cignarella, co-head of Prudential Fixed Income's Global Leveraged Finance Team, can discuss the U.S. and European high-yield bond markets, as well as investing in the bank loan sector. Want to talk to Rob? Email Theresa Miller or call 973.802.7455.
 
 
Gary Knapp  Gary Knapp, head of liability-driven strategies at Prudential Fixed Income, can give insights into liability-driven and long-duration investing. He can offer commentary related to the benefits and risks of this investment approach. Want to talk to Gary? Email Theresa Miller or call 973.802.7455.
 
 

Global Economy/Markets        

 

John Praveen, chief investment strategist, Prudential International Investments Advisers, is the author of International Investments’ global outlook reports. He can tackle questions such as why the U.S. market reacts to events in markets such as India, China, Europe and Japan, and how all global markets are linked together. Want to talk to John? Email Theresa Miller or call 973.802.7455. 
 

Group Insurance 

James Gemus

James Gemus, senior vice president, Distribution & Product Management, Prudential Group Insurance, can speak about the current sales and distribution environment and the trends surrounding group products including life, disability, voluntary and PruBenefit Funding (non-qualified benefits). James can also speak about larger trends impacting the group insurance marketplace, including the behavioral attitudes of employers and their employees and initiatives that seek to promote, ensure and foster the concept of comprehensive financial wellness. Want to talk to James? Email Sheila Bridgeforth or call 973.802.6852.
 

James Gemus

Robert Patience, vice president, life and voluntary benefits, Prudential Group Insurance, can discuss how the group life and voluntary benefits space has evolved in response to the aging of the population, the evolving protection needs of American workers, the impact of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act on the product space, how technology is changing the marketplace and the ever-changing outlook of employers and employees on life and voluntary products. Want to talk to Robert? Email Sheila Bridgeforth or call 973.802.6852.
    

Terrie Sorensen, vice president, Disability Product Management, Prudential Group Insurance, can address trends employers face when implementing the FMLA and absence management programs. She can comment on managing the complexities and interaction of federal and state leave laws, determining whether unscheduled leave is a predicator for disability leave, and integrating leave and disability management practices. Want to talk to Terrie? Email Sheila Bridgeforth or call 973.802.6852.
 

Health and Wellness 

K. Andrew Crighton, M.D.

K. Andrew Crighton, M.D., Prudential's chief medical officer, can address best practices in health and wellness, including how corporate wellness programs can enhance productivity. He can also discuss the vital link between health and work-life effectiveness and how to minimize work function limitations related to a disability or impairment. Want to talk to Dr. Crighton? Email Peter Price or call 973.802.6847.

 

 

Human Resources  

Andy Gregg

 

Andy Gregg, vice president, employee benefits for Prudential, can speak to a number of topics related to the design and administration of employee health and welfare programs, defined benefit and defined contribution plans, as well as legal and compliance requirements for certain benefit programs. Want to speak with Andy? Email Peter Price or call 973.802.6847.

 

 
 

 Individual Life Insurance

Caroline Feeney

Caroline Feeney, president of Agency Distribution for Prudential’s domestic Individual Life Insurance business, is responsible for the company's career distribution system for insurance and investment products. Caroline can discuss Agency Distribution's new and innovative approach to building and retaining a sales force that's based on quality vs. quantity. She can also share what clients at various income and life stages are seeking today and how financial professionals are addressing those needs. Want to talk to Caroline? Email Janet Gillespie or call 973.802.8012.

Mark Hug 

Mark Hug, executive vice president, Product and Marketing for Prudential Individual Life Insurance, can discuss trends, issues and products influencing the life insurance industry. Want to talk to Mark? Email Janet Gillespie or call 973.802.8012. 

 
Brett Berg

Brett Berg, director, Advanced Marketing, Prudential Individual Life Insurance, can explain the impact of tax laws on a financial advisor's practice and how life insurance can help solve business and estate planning issues. Want to talk to Brett? Email Janet Gillespie or call 973.802.8012.

  

Investments/Mutual Funds  

Scott Benjamin 

Scott Benjamin, vice president and head of marketing and product development, Prudential Mutual Funds and Separate Accounts, can address issues surrounding the support and servicing of advisor-sold investment products and overall trends in the mutual fund industry. Want to talk to Scott? Email Theresa Miller or call 973.802.7455.
Michael Rosenberg  Michael Rosenberg, senior vice president, Prudential Investments, understands the critical role financial advisors play in helping plan sponsors build and maintain retirement plans for employees. Rosenberg, who leads the defined contribution group, can also discuss the ways that Prudential Investments supports defined contribution platforms and the advisors who use them. Want to talk to Michael? Email Theresa Miller or call 973.802.7455. 

 


Multicultural Marketing
 
Mammen Verghis  Mammen Verghis, vice president, Multicultural Marketing, can speak to Total Market strategies and the role of reaching diverse markets, including women, Hispanic, Asian and African Americans, and LGBT, as a driver of business growth. Want to talk to Mammen? Email Alicia Alston or call 973.802.4446.
   

Real Estate
 
Eric Adler  Eric Adler, CEO of Prudential Real Estate Investors, can discuss current opportunities and trends in commercial real estate markets globally.  He can tackle topics ranging from equity investing in core U.S. markets to debt investing in European markets to sector-focused investing in Latin America and Asia Pacific. Want to talk to Eric? Email Theresa Miller or call 973-802-7455. 
   
Marc Halle  Marc Halle, global head and chief investment officer of real estate securities at Prudential Real Estate Investors, can offer insights on the public side of commercial real estate investing. He can discuss his approach to managing regional and global portfolios of REITs, and existing and developing trends within the sector. Want to talk to Marc? Email Theresa Miller or call 973-802-7455.
   
Peter Hayes  Peter Hayes, global head of investment research at Prudential Real Estate Investors, can address topics such as the macroeconomic environment and opportunities for real estate investing in key markets around the globe. Want to talk to Peter?  Email Theresa Miller or call 973-802-7455.
   
Retirement
 
Christine Marcks  Christine Marcks, president, Prudential Retirement, can discuss the future of defined contribution and defined benefit plans, pension risk transfer, emerging trends in product development, new issues facing plan sponsors as millions of young millennials enter the workforce and Boomers transition, the impact of legislation and regulatory decisions on retirement-plan management and new models to help savers on the path to a secure retirement. Want to talk to Christine? Email Tanya Valle or call 973.802.4370.
   
Harry Dalessio Harry Dalessio, senior vice president, Sales & Strategic Relationships, Prudential Retirement, can discuss the trend of financial advisors further entering the plan advising business. He is also available to discuss the modern role of financial advisors, including their involvement in fiduciary oversight, plan design support, participant education and fee analysis. Harry can also address how advisors are growing into the institutional and qualified space through a retail background. Want to speak to Harry? Email Tanya Valle or call 973.802.4370.
Robert Fishbein 

Robert Fishbein, vice president and corporate counsel, Prudential Financial, is a tax attorney and frequent speaker and author on tax-wise retirement planning strategies, including maximizing retirement income through Social Security elections and tax diversification. Rob can speak to tax and retirement planning opportunities and the ever changing retirement planning landscape. Want to talk to Rob? Email Lisa Bennett or call 973.802.2894.

Jamie McInnes 

Jamie McInnes, senior vice president, Total Retirement Solutions for Prudential Retirement, can discuss the trends in the defined contribution and defined benefit retirement industry, as well as non-qualified retirement solutions, retirement plan record keeping, the importance of retirement savings and retirement product development. Want to talk to Jamie? Email Tanya Valle or call 973.802.4370.

Jamie Kalamarides  Jamie Kalamarides, senior vice president of Institutional Investment Solutions for Prudential Retirement, can discuss trends and issues shaping the U.S. retirement landscape including multiple small employer plans. He can also provide insight on the challenges that institutional plan sponsors and intermediaries are facing, the legislative and regulatory forces at play, and the product and service innovations that are driving change. Email Tanya Valle or call 973.802.4370.

  Srinivas Reddy

Srinivas Reddy, senior vice president, Full Service Investments for Prudential Retirement, can discuss the new era of institutional income solutions designed for workplace-sponsored retirement plans. Sri can address how innovative lifetime income solutions can help plan sponsors meet the needs of their employees to and through retirement. Email Tanya Valle or call 973.802.4370.
Kara Segreto  Kara Segreto, chief marketing officer for Prudential Retirement, can discuss marketing strategy and plans for Prudential Retirement's lines of business. She can also address market research associated with competitive intelligence and strategies for general market outreach, plan sponsors, participants and intermediaries. Email Tanya Valle or call 973.802.4370.
Phil Waldeck

  

Phil Waldeck, senior vice president, Pension and Structured Solutions for Prudential Retirement, can discuss pension risk management concepts, market dynamics and solutions for employer-defined benefit plans, including investment strategies, portfolio protected buy-in and buy-out, and full risk transfer. He can also discuss structured settlement and payout annuity solutions Want to talk to Phil? Email Tanya Valle or call 973.802.4370.

 Talent 
 

 Marietta Cozzi


Marietta Cozzi, vice president, staffing, for Prudential is an expert in talent acquisition, recruitment practices, employment branding and strategic sourcing. She can offer insight on how to best recruit, assess and select key talent that creates a competitive advantage for an organization. Want to talk to Marietta? Email Alicia Alston or call 973.802.4446.
 
Barbara Koster  Sekhar Ramaswamy, Prudential's chief talent officer, can speak to how an organization's talent mindset and its focus on people can drive transformational change. He is an expert on all aspects of talent management, including strategy development and implementation. Want to speak with Sekhar? Email Alicia Alston or call 973.802.4446.
 
 Technology 
 
Barbara Koster  Barbara Koster, Prudential's chief information officer, can discuss the use of information technology in global corporations, including the formulation of policies, establishment of standards and architectures, and the development of guidelines and management practices. Want to talk to Barbara? Email Karen Moore or call 973.802.8533.
 
Thomas Doughty Thomas Doughty, corporate information security officer, is well versed on security risks, as well as the tools and technologies companies can employ to help mitigate those risks. He can discuss data protection and a how to maintain a secure computing environment for employees, customers and others. Want to talk to Tom? Email Karen Moore or call 973.802.8533.
 
Thomas Doughty Caroline Faulkner, senior managing director and chief information officer at Pramerica Systems Ireland in Letterkenny and head of the Prudential Business and Technology Solutions office in El Paso, Texas, can discuss the importance of information technology in global corporations, including software, architecture, contact center services and the establishment of IT best practices. Want to talk to Caroline? Email Karen Moore or call 973.802.8533


Work/Life Programs
 
Maureen Corcoran 

Maureen Corcoran, vice president, Health, Life and Inclusion, can address the need for programs that can help employees effectively manage their life and work responsibilities, including child care and adult care, adoption and foster-care benefits. She can also discuss how creative approaches to the way work gets done can help a company achieve its business objectives. Want to talk to Maureen? Email Peter Price or call 973.802.6847.