Nov 1, 2016
WALNUT CREEK, CA—November 1, 2016 — Newport Group, a leading provider of retirement plans, insurance, and consulting services, announced today that Jacqueline Ward will be joining the company as Chief Human Resources Officer, a newly created position reporting to CEO Greg Tschider.
In this role, she will be responsible for Newport Group’s overall human resources program, with a focus on developing and executing talent management and employee relations strategies that embody the firm’s culture, mission and values. Under Ms. Ward’s leadership, the firm’s existing HR team will continue to develop and implement further initiatives to enhance the employee experience and maintain an open flow of communication across the organization.
“Jackie joins our organization with a demonstrated record of fostering diverse workplaces in which all employees can contribute to their full potential,” Tschider said. “Her approach aligns with and reinforces our company’s commitment to the development of our people, and her expertise in change management will be a valuable asset to our growing organization.”
Ms. Ward has nearly 20 years of global HR management experience, most recently as Vice President of People Experience at the software firm Xero. Prior to Xero, she held senior leadership positions in human resources with firms such as Digg, PlanetOut, MarkMonitor, and ThinkHR. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of London. She also holds a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certification.
About Newport Group
Headquartered in Walnut Creek, California, Newport Group is a leading independent retirement services firm that helps employers – and the advisors who serve them – prepare employees for a more financially secure retirement. The company has more than $75 billion in retirement assets under administration and more than $150 billion in corporate retirement and insurance assets. Newport Group maintains investment objectivity, fee transparency and a commitment to flexible, responsive service. Staffed by an exceptional team of more than 1,000 retirement, insurance and consulting professionals, the company provides retirement solutions tailored to the needs of employers of every size, from small businesses to the Fortune 1000.