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Sean Woodroffe


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Sean Woodroffe is responsible for TIAA’s human resources strategy and execution for the organization’s global workforce, including compensation and benefits, talent acquisition, organizational design and effectiveness, and inclusion and diversity. In addition, he oversees the organization’s workplace, real estate and internal communications strategies, which focus on driving innovative solutions and aligning and engaging approximately 16,500 associates.

Joining TIAA in 2017, Sean is the Senior Executive Vice President and Chief People Officer at TIAA. Previously, he held the Chief People Officer position at National Life Group. Prior to that, Sean served as the U.S. Head of HR and Associate Communications at Sun Life Financial U.S., and also held senior executive HR roles at Financial Guaranty Insurance Company, and the United Bank for Africa. He started his career and spent over 18 years at Merrill Lynch & Co., where he last served as First Vice President and Head of International HR based in London. Sean also led HR for Merrill Lynch’s Japan Wealth Management business unit based in Tokyo.

Sean is an active leader in the community and currently serves on the Board of the Peddie School in Hightstown, New Jersey, the Board of Shaw University and the Gartner CHRO Global Leadership Board. He received his bachelor’s degree in international relations from Shaw University.