Lead the company's media relations and public relations strategies focused on the company’s insurance and investment products in addition to the company’s managed investments (e.g., general account portfolio) and company financials, and reports to the Sr. Director, Media & Public Relations. The role will serve as external communications counsel to a wide range of internal clients, especially at executive leadership levels, to achieve company business objectives and support operating priorities. He/she will develop and direct public relations plans specifically aimed at enhancing Northwestern Mutual’s reputation and visibility by engaging target audiences, such as media, its advisors, and other key stakeholders. Demonstrates ability to work with executive spokespersons to develop messaging and support for media interviews. He/she must have proven ability to lead and direct integrated efforts utilizing internal teams and PR agencies, to implement effective strategies and compelling messages. He/she must be skilled at writing for a full range of audiences and channels.