Legal - Newark (NJ), NJ Vice President, Governance

About the position

Prudential Financial, Inc. serves individual and institutional customers worldwide providing investment, retirement and insurance services through financial products such as managed accounts, mutual funds, annuities and life insurance.

A core value of Prudential is to be worthy of the trust of its customers, employees and shareholders. Consistent with that value are good corporate governance and actions that promote sustainability. Governance, Engagement, and Environmental Sustainability teams seek to effectively communicate with and engage a broad spectrum of stakeholders. These stakeholders are internal and external to Prudential, world-wide and diverse. The communication and engagement will address a variety of issues of importance to both these stakeholders and the company. We are seeking an experienced professional to support these efforts.

The successful candidate will bring a strong background in corporate governance, business analysis, research skills and communications including:

  • Experience/knowledge of corporate governance at a Fortune 500 company

    • Ability to identify environmental, social and governance (ESG) trends and draw parallels between these trends and Prudential’s policies and practices.   Leveraging this knowledge, articulate compelling, value-based messages within material including but not limited to:

  • Annual Proxy Statement and Sustainability Report

o Internal corporate communications such as presentations and talking points

o Senior executive briefing material

o Letters to shareholders and other stakeholders

    • Detailed knowledge of institutional investors’ environmental, social and governance policies and practices and proven ability to conduct gap analysis between Company and investor policies.

    • Deep understanding of proxy advisors’ voting guidelines; knowledge of ESG rating agencies’ practices, and ability to articulate Company’s polices to all proxy advisors and rating agencies.

    • History of direct interaction with board members and C-suite executives.

  • Plan, development and execution of comprehensive stakeholder communication strategy using traditional and innovative methods including social media for internal and external audiences

    • Demonstrated success at merging high-level strategic thinking with high-energy, flawless execution while managing others and multiple projects for a variety of internal clients


    • Collaborate with Chief Governance Officer (CGO) to develop and implement Company’s governance and shareholder communications strategy to external and internal stakeholders

    • Implement a fact driven approach to analyze ESG issues, trend analyses, and develop materials that are clear and compelling

    • Develop communications with CGO to ensure knowledge and support of governance topics and sustainability activities/results to relevant stakeholders

    • Align cross-team and cross-company messaging with core themes and strategies

    • Oversight of the development of publications, reports, other communication/engagement deliverables and special projects



  • Bachelor's degree in relevant field; higher degree such as JD, MBA or MA desirable

    • Minimum of ten years of relevant experience in Corporate Governance/Corporate Secretary's Office, or Investor Relations at a Fortune 500 company

    • Knowledge of corporate governance/board practices is necessary

    • Knowledge of environmental and sustainability trends

    • Ability to make complex issues understandable

    • Exceptional written and communications skills proven various stakeholders

    • Ability to research issues effectively, thoroughly and efficiently

    • Ability to act quickly under tight deadlines and handle multiple projects within a diverse; portfolio of initiatives on a global level

    • Track record of working successfully with Fortune 500 executive leadership

    • Collaborative talent manager

Prudential is a multinational financial services leader with operations in the United States, Asia, Europe, and Latin America. Leveraging its heritage of life insurance and asset management expertise, Prudential is focused on helping individual and institutional customers grow and protect their wealth. The company's well-known Rock symbol is an icon of strength, stability, expertise and innovation that has stood the test of time. Prudential's businesses offer a variety of products and services, including life insurance, annuities, retirement-related services, mutual funds, asset management, and real estate services.

We recognize that our strength and success are directly linked to the quality and skills of our diverse associates. We are proud to be a place where talented people who want to make a difference can grow as professionals, leaders, and as individuals. Visit to learn more about our values, our history and our brand.

Prudential is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, genetics, disability, age, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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