April 24. 2014 2:00PM - Last modified: April 24. 2014 2:34PM

Oberland named Northwestern Mutual president

Gregory Oberland has been named president of Milwaukee-based Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Co., taking the responsibility from chairman and chief executive officer John Schlifske.
Gregory Oberland

Schlifske became president when Gary “Skip” Poliner retired from the post in June.

Oberland will be responsible for sales, marketing and agencies. He previously served as executive vice president-products, sales and marketing. Oberland will continue to report to Schlifske.

The move is “intended to strengthen the company’s strategic focus on growing and enhancing its field force and delivering financial security to clients,” Northwestern Mutual said.

“Greg is a respected leader who has done a phenomenal job bringing our planning and sales processes and product strategies together,” Schlifske said. “He also has earlier experience aligning large complex groups in various parts of the organization with company strategy. Now we want to draw from his talent as a corporate leader to build on that and make the connections among agencies, sales and marketing even tighter.”

Oberland joined Northwestern Mutual in 1982 as an attorney and moved to the business side in 1987. He has worked in the disability income insurance, life underwriting, policyowner services and information systems departments. He holds a bachelor’s from the University of Notre Dame and a law degree from Georgetown University.