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Laura Cushing Announced as New Chief Human Resources Officer of Pacific Life

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. – April 15, 2024 – Pacific Life today announced Laura Cushing has been hired as the new chief human resources officer (CHRO) of Pacific Life, effective April 23, 2024. She will report to President and CEO Darryl Button and will sit on the company’s management committee.

As CHRO, Ms. Cushing will be responsible for all aspects of Pacific Life’s global Human Resources organization and strategy, including talent management, leadership development, and compensation and benefits.

Ms. Cushing most recently worked at Silicon Valley Bank and Loews Corporation. Prior to that, she spent more than 20 years in senior leadership positions at JPMorgan Chase & Co., including as the head of talent management and organizational development where she implemented a strategic people and business agenda for more than 120,000 employees.

“Throughout her career, Laura has demonstrated a deep understanding of how an organization’s culture can drive engagement, innovation, and overall success,” said Darryl Button, president and CEO, Pacific Life. “Her wealth of experience, along with her strong focus on building a culture that is underscored by leading, building, and transforming teams make her a strong asset and leader for our human resources organization as we continue to build a culture that attracts, retains, and develops top-tier talent.”

Ms. Cushing holds a bachelor’s in psychology from the University of Rhode Island and a master’s in human resource development from Villanova University.  

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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