New Board-level Chief Marketing Officer appointed at Unum

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Unum (pronounced you-num) Group is a Fortune 500 company that consists of three divisions: Unum US, Unum International and Colonial Life and employs approximately 10,000 people all together.

Unum International is made up of both operations in the United Kingdom and Poland. Unum UK’s business includes insurance for group income protection, group life, and supplemental lines of business which include dental and critical illness products. They are also big on workplace wellbeing and have a wide range of support tools designed to help businesses create or enhance their employee wellbeing strategy.

Emma Morrison had the pleasure of working directly with Mark Till, Unum’s new CEO and an ex-Marketing leader himself, to support their urgent need to appoint an interim Marketing Lead to focus on change management following on from a change to their target operating model. This role was a key hire as the CEOs first new Board appointment for the Unum.

tml Partners were then successfully selected from a broad list of potential search partners to handle both the permanent global search as well as the immediate interim need.

tml Partners were selected because of our clear expertise in the marketing space and network in the global CMO community, notably across financial services. Equally the ED&I process in the search was of paramount importance and a clear differentiator in our approach.

Terri Lucas was quickly appointed as the Interim CMO and commenting on her experiences of working with tml Partners she said:

Emma is terrific – positive, proactive, communicative and responsive, and talked me through every step of a recruitment opportunity. I was very impressed by her energy and passion and thoroughness in getting this over the line, quickly and with professionalism. I also like how the team at TML share ideas of the candidates they have met and share this information, all part of matching the best people to the opportunities. Highly recommend Emma and the team at tml Partners.
Terri Lucas, Interim CMO

After an extensive global search John Hyde was successfully appointed as the new CMO.

John is an inspiring and highly successful senior business leader; a strategic thinker experienced in driving step-change profitable growth, with extensive marketing and distribution experience in the financial services sector with notable brands including Hastings and L&G.

About tml:

tml Partners is an international executive marketing recruitment firm specialising in Board-level marketing appointments.

As a specialist financial services marketing headhunter, Emma Morrison is currently partnering with leading and high growth clients to support the best-in-class development of in-house marketing, innovation, communications and digital functions – working across both permanent and interim briefs.

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