Press Release: Kavanaugh Named Wespath Benefits and Investments Chief Operating Officer

August 24, 2016


For Immediate Release

Contact: Sheri Young, Associate General Counsel
(847) 866-4663 or

Glenview, IL—Wespath Benefits and Investments (Wespath), an agency of The United Methodist Church, today announced Wilford (Bill) Kavanaugh as its Chief Operating Officer, effective September 1, 2016.

According to Barbara Boigegrain, General Secretary and Chief Executive Officer of Wespath, “Bill’s financial acumen, along with his leadership and oversight of all aspects of distribution systems, offers great opportunity to move our organization forward.”

Kavanaugh comes to Wespath from Allstate Insurance Company, where he most recently held the dual role of Senior Vice President, Life and Retirement Distribution and President and Chief Executive Officer, Allstate Financial Services, LLC. Prior to that, Kavanaugh spent 10 years with Securian Financial Group.

Kavanaugh will have oversight of Wespath’s administrative and operational departments.

Kavanaugh received his bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of North Florida and holds a master’s degree in financial services from The American College. He also has received certification as a Certified Financial Planner, Chartered Financial Consultant, Chartered Life Underwriter and Accredited Estate Planner.


About Wespath Benefits and Investments
Wespath Benefits and Investments (Wespath) is a general agency of The United Methodist Church (UMC) with fiduciary responsibility for the benefit plans it administers and the assets it invests.

Prudent investment management decisions are an ongoing, long-term priority, supporting benefit plans for over 100,000 participants and approximately $20 billion in assets managed on their behalf, and that of many United Methodist-affiliated endowments, foundations and other institutions. This fiduciary obligation reflects the stated values of the Church and helps ensure financial, environmental and social sustainability across all investments.

A not-for-profit administrative agency of the UMC, Wespath Benefits and Investments is the largest reporting faith-based pension fund in the world, and among the top 100 pension funds in the United States. As a sustainable investor, Wespath Benefits and Investments, and its Wespath Investment Management division, are committed to active ownership through corporate and public policy engagement, proxy voting and the management of excessive sustainability risk.



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