Senior Vice President, Strategy Officer
Melissa Kivett is senior vice president and strategy officer at Prudential Annuities. In this role, she is a member of the Annuities Senior Leadership Team, and leads strategy, planning and execution, business intelligence, communications, program management and space management functions. In addition, Kivett oversees the chief of staff operations for the Annuities president.
Prior to joining Prudential, Kivett was the senior vice president of business development and strategy at Assurant, with responsibility for business strategy, consumer research and analytics. She led a team that developed new business and product strategies, identifying and pursuing growth opportunities for Assurant in new and existing markets. Kivett was also a member of Assurant’s Leadership Committee and European Board of Directors.
Throughout her 20-plus year career, Kivett held successive roles of increasing responsibility at Assurant, including vice president and senior vice president, Investor Relations and investor relations officer. Kivett developed the investor relations function, while leading the communications efforts for Assurant’s initial public offering. She was also vice president, corporate marketing and communications.
Kivett’s work on several of the investor relations initiatives received industry recognition from the Insurance Advisory Board and Institutional Investor magazine. Her approach to innovation and strategic business development was recognized by Innovation Leader magazine and the Corporate Executive Board.
Kivett received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Massachusetts and a Master of Business Administration from Columbia Business School. She is a member of the Financial Woman’s Association, Columbia Women in Business and previously served on the Advisory Council for the Investor Relations Roundtable and New York Stock Exchange Advisory Group. Kivett also served as a coach for Assurant’s leadership development program, and chaired the Company’s growth council.