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Holmes ’85 Named Senior VP at Kemper Corporation

As Business Wire reported in February, Kimberly Oaks Holmes ’85 is now heading the actuarial and analytics teams at the insurance conglomerate Kemper as Senior Vice President, Chief Actuary and Strategic Analytics Officer.

Holmes brings more than 30 years of experience in insurance, actuarial functions and advanced analytics. Prior to joining Kemper, she served as Senior Vice President and Global Head of Strategic Analytics for AXA XL, a division of global insurance and reinsurance company AXA, where she improved business performance through the development and implementation of advanced analytical tools.

At Kemper, she reports to the company’s president and CEO, Joseph P. Lacher Jr., who called Holmes “a strong and decisive leader with proven experience in driving success across the company through both the actuarial and analytics areas.”

Holmes graduated from William Smith with a major in mathematics and a minor in psychology. She is one of several in her family who attended HWS, including her mother, Associate Professor Emerita of Mathematics Ann B. Oaks ’74, P’84, P’85, P’89; and siblings, Jeffrey A. Oaks ’84 and Kathleen Menn-Oaks ’89.

After graduation, Holmes earned her master’s in data science at Northwestern University. Today, she is an associate of the Casualty Actuarial Society, a certified specialist in Predictive Analytics, and a member of the American Academy of Actuaries.

Read the full press release from Business Wire:

Kemper Names Kimberly A. Holmes as SVP, Chief Actuary and Strategic Analytics Officer

Kemper Corporation announced today that Kimberly A. Holmes has joined the company as Senior Vice President, Chief Actuary and Strategic Analytics Officer, effective today.

Holmes will lead Kemper’s enterprise-wide actuarial and analytics teams, with a focus on further enhancing the analytics and actuarial sophistication to build systematic, sustainable, competitive advantages and advance Kemper’s growth agenda. She will report directly to Joseph P. Lacher, Jr., Kemper’s President and Chief Executive Officer, and be based in Chicago. Holmes’ direct reports include the executives who lead the actuarial and data and analytics functions for Kemper’s specialty auto, personal insurance, life and health lines of business.

“Kim is a strong and decisive leader with proven experience in driving success across the company through both the actuarial and analytics areas,” said Lacher. “Her broad and deep expertise in delivering value in a dynamic risk environment and embedding insights and analytics will help drive improvements in our core business performance and the customer experience. In addition, Kim has strong leadership skills in inspiring, engaging and developing both the actuarial and analytic teams for optimal integration and collaboration with their business partners to mutually unlock maximum value.”

Holmes joins Kemper with over 25 years of experience in insurance, actuarial functions, and advanced analytics. Most recently, she served as Senior Vice President and Global Head of Strategic Analytics for AXA XL, a division of global insurance and reinsurance company AXA, where she improved business performance through the development and implementation of advanced analytical tools. Prior to that, Holmes held Chief Actuary roles at Endurance Risk Solutions, Endurance Specialty Insurance Ltd., Enterprise Reinsurance Ltd., and Starr Excess Liability Insurance Co.

Holmes received a BS in mathematics from William Smith College and a MS in data science from Northwestern University. She is an Associate of the Casualty Actuarial Society, a Certified Specialist in Predictive Analytics, and a member of the American Academy of Actuaries.

About Kemper

The Kemper family of companies is one of the nation’s leading insurers. With $11 billion in assets, Kemper is improving the world of insurance by offering personalized solutions for individuals, families and businesses. Through our businesses, Kemper:

  • Offers insurance for home, auto, life, health and valuables
  • Services seven million policies
  • Is represented by 30,000 agents and brokers
  • Employs over 7,800 associates dedicated to providing exceptional service
  • Is licensed to sell insurance in 50 states and the District of Columbia

Learn more about Kemper.