SLPC 24109 3/14 (exp. 3/15)
President, Sun Life Financial U.S.
Wes Thompson is President, Sun Life Financial U.S., responsible for the Company’s U.S. insurance operations which include a leading employee benefits business, an expanding voluntary benefits business, and large in force blocks of individual life insurance. Sun Life Financial International (Bermuda) operations, which market to high net worth individuals internationally, also report to Wes.
Wes joined Sun Life in 2008 and has been instrumental in renewing the strategic direction of SLF U.S. He has a strong track record of building insurance organizations and is focused on growth for the Company in the group and voluntary benefits markets, the international high net worth markets, and delivering value across all business lines for customers and shareholders. He has championed key initiatives focused on growing the business and positioning it for further success, including the sale of the U.S. domestic annuity business, the transformation of the group benefits business into a customer-focused operating model, enhancements to distribution, and the advancement of the Company’s brand. Following an impressive list of accomplishments, Wes plans to retire from Sun Life in April 2014 to pursue a variety of entrepreneurial and personal interests.
In the decade prior to joining Sun Life, Wes held leadership roles at Lincoln Financial Group. He created the company’s centralized wholesale distribution organization, before becoming President of Employer Markets and then President of the Retirement Solutions business.
Wes started his career at Aetna in 1979 in the Executive Management program. He rose through a series of appointments and then joined CIGNA in 1994, where he built an independent brokerage distribution capability for its individual insurance division. He played an active role in the integration efforts as Lincoln Financial Group acquired CIGNA’s individual life insurance business in 1998, as well as in Lincoln’s acquisition of Aetna’s individual life insurance business in 1999. Wes also played a key role in Lincoln’s acquisition of Jefferson Pilot in 2005.
Wes received a bachelor’s degree from Brown University. He is an active board member of Hartford Hospital, the Wadsworth Atheneum–Amistad Foundation, and the national and regional boards of Bottom Line. Wes has also been actively involved in youth soccer programs for the past 25 years.