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Sean McCartney Joins Pacific Life As Head Of It's Distribution For Workforce Benefits Business

McCartney will oversee the development and implementation of the division’s sales and account management strategy

March 12, 2024 10:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time–NEWPORT BEACH, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Pacific Life announced today Sean McCartney as vice president and head of distribution of its Workforce Benefits business. In his role, he will oversee the development and implementation of the division’s sales and account management strategy.

Mr. McCartney recently served as vice president of workplace benefits distribution & account management with Principal Financial Group® where he spent 21 years with the company in numerous roles, including those targeting small- and medium-sized businesses, and had strategic oversight of more than 500 sales, operations, and account management professionals.

“I’m excited our vision for revolutionizing employee benefits attracted a veteran of Sean’s caliber,” said Erich Sternberg, senior vice president and head of Workforce Benefits at Pacific Life. “Sean’s impressive background in the insurance industry includes sales, leadership, product, and distribution expertise. His track record of leading successful teams and driving substantial new business production will undoubtedly contribute significantly to our ambitious goals in the market.”

Mr. McCartney said, “I was drawn to Pacific Life by its reinvention of the workforce benefits experience utilizing a fully integrated, friction-free, end-to-end experience from onboarding through renewal. It’s an incredible opportunity to build out a differentiated customer/broker experience, redefine and build a best-in-class distribution team, and focus on the most opportunistic segment, which is the small- and medium-sized employer, all through a trusted and long-standing brand. No carrier in this industry has executed on this effectively.”

Years Of Experience

Prior to Principal, Mr. McCartney was a sales executive for Cigna Group Insurance, UnumProvident, and Confederation Life.

Pacific Life Workforce Benefits

Pacific Life Workforce Benefits currently offers group dental, vision, and term life with accidental death & dismemberment, as well as products coming soon such as critical illness, accident, hospital indemnity, and short- and long-term disability, contributing to a full benefits package.




About Pacific Life
Pacific Life provides a variety of products and services designed to help individuals and businesses in the retail, institutional, workforce benefits, and reinsurance markets achieve financial security. Whether your goal is to protect loved ones or grow your assets for retirement, Pacific Life offers innovative life insurance and annuity solutions, as well as mutual funds, that provide value and financial security for current and future generations. Supporting our policyholders for more than 150 years, Pacific Life is a Fortune 500 company headquartered in Newport Beach, California. For additional company information, including current financial strength ratings, visit


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