Wilbur Jenkins promoted to EVP & COO

WoodmenLife announced the promotion of Wilbur Jenkins to Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer effective Jan. 1, 2024. In this role, Jenkins will become a WoodmenLife Executive Officer, while continuing to lead the Core Operations, Human Resources, and Strategic Initiatives divisions. He will also continue to oversee strategic planning for WoodmenLife, including a focus on human capital strategy and D&I.

Jenkins joined WoodmenLife in April 2023 as Senior Vice President & Chief Operating Officer. Prior to joining the company, he had a long career in the insurance industry, starting out as an underwriter and progressing through various senior operational leadership roles. He has also successfully led Sales, Marketing and Human Resources functions at a regional level.

“Wilbur has been an exceptional leader at WoodmenLife, consistently driving toward results and contributing to the success of major initiatives,” said Denise McCauley, President & CEO. “We are excited about the valuable contributions he will make as an Executive Officer. With his expertise and dedication, we know that Wilbur will play a pivotal role in helping us achieve our strategic goals.”

Jenkins has a Bachelor of Science from South Carolina State University and an MBA from the University of Phoenix. He also holds Executive Leadership and Business Management certificates from Harvard Business School and Babson College, respectively.

Jenkins is an active community member, contributing his time to Assault on Illiteracy, Junior Achievement, Meals on Wheels, Rescue Mission Homeless Shelter, and the Food Bank for the Heartland.