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Susan Hennis Joins OneAmerica® as Chief Underwriter

Product portfolio, company culture were draws for 20-year life insurance veteran

INDIANAPOLIS (Aug. 24, 2020) — Susan Hennis has joined OneAmerica® as chief underwriter in support of the company’s highly regarded Insurance, Life and Financial Services (ILFS) line of business, bringing more than two decades of experience in life and health underwriting to the role.

As chief underwriter, Hennis will lead a team of 25, including the medical director and underwriting professionals, and 20 other policyholder-minded financial professionals who oversee product performance and underwriting guidelines.

“In addition to her extensive underwriting experience, Susan brings strong communication skills and a comprehensive understanding of field relationships to this role,” said Dennis Martin, ILFS president at OneAmerica. “We’re thrilled to have Susan join our team. I’m confident that her insights, skills and experience will help us continue our growth story and build our underwriting capabilities for the future.”

A Perfect Fit

Prior to coming to OneAmerica in July, Hennis served numerous key roles in a 19-year tenure at COUNTRY Financial in Bloomington, Illinois, most recently working as manager of underwriting quality. “What drew me to OneAmerica is its culture,” said Hennis. “The close-knit nature of the company and the welcoming feel makes it so inclusive. It’s clear that the people of the company are important to the leadership of the company, and I found it impressive how they approach associate engagement.”

Hennis draws on deep experience in underwriting and as a leader, but she is looking forward to new opportunities unique to OneAmerica.

“I am excited to start something new,” said Hennis. “The team’s deep level of knowledge impressed me, and the product portfolio that OneAmerica offers in niche markets intrigued me.” Hennis serves as the president of the Midwestern Underwriting program committee and is on the Association of Home Office Underwriting (AHOU) education committee, among other distinguished roles.

Hennis is an alumna of Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts. Hennis began her career in underwriting at Principal Financial Group directly after graduating college.
Designations: CLU (2012), FALU (2008), FLMI (2004)




About OneAmerica®
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