Richard (Rick) McKenney is president and chief executive officer for Unum Group, one of the world’s leading providers of workplace financial protection benefits.
McKenney served as executive vice president and chief financial officer for Unum Group from 2009 to 2015, where he was responsible for overall financial management of the company, including financial reporting, treasury and capital management, strategic planning and mergers and acquisitions, investments, financial planning, investor relations, and enterprise risk management. He became president in April 2015 and assumed the role of CEO in May of the same year.
He also chaired Unum’s Operating Committee, which oversees the company’s business operations throughout the U.S. and U.K.
Prior to joining Unum in 2009, McKenney was executive vice president and chief financial officer of Sun Life Financial, Inc., an international financial services company based in Toronto.
In 2004 he became CFO of Genworth Financial as part of the team that launched its initial public offering from GE.
McKenney began his career at GE, transitioning in his roles from manufacturing to financial leadership. He joined GE Financial Assurance in 1996 and became CFO in 2002.
McKenney graduated summa cum laude from Tufts University with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering.
He lives in Chattanooga, Tenn., with his wife and three children and is active in his community, serving on the boards of the United Way of Greater Chattanooga, the Public Education Foundation, the Chamber of Commerce Foundation, and the Bright School.
Unum Group NYSE: UNM is a Chattanooga, Tennessee-based Fortune 500 insurance company formerly known as UnumProvident. Unum Group was created by the 1999 merger of Unum Corporation and The Provident Companies and comprises three distinct businesses — Unum US, Unum UK, and Colonial Life. Its underwriting insurers include The Paul Revere Life Insurance Company and Provident Life and Accident Insurance Company. Unum is the top disability insurer in both the United States and United Kingdom and also offers other insurance products including accident, critical illness and life insurance.