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We congratulate Shaw University Board of Trustees member and alumnus Sean Woodroffe for being named to the boardiQ African American Hall of Fame

The boardiQ helps groups achieve better performance through boards that are inclusive and diverse. They recently recognized top leaders across the country through their African American Hall of Fame. The boardiQ handpicked Mr. Woodroffe based on his stellar track record, innovation, corporate reputation, and proven excellence in his field.

Sean Woodroffe is the Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer at TIAA. He is responsible for TIAA’s human resources strategy and execution for the organization’s global workforce, including compensation and benefits, talent acquisition, organizational design and effectiveness, and inclusion and diversity. He also oversees the organization’s internal communications strategy, which focuses on driving the alignment and engagement of approximately 16,500 employees.

Previously, he held the Chief People Officer position at National Life Group. Prior to that, Sean served as the U.S. Head of HR and Associate Communications at Sun Life Financial U.S., and also held senior executive HR roles at Financial Guaranty Insurance Company and the United Bank for Africa. He started his career and spent over 18 years at Merrill Lynch & Co., where he last served as First Vice President and Head of International HR based in London. Sean also led HR for Merrill Lynch’s Japan Wealth Management business unit based in Tokyo.

We congratulate Shaw University Board of Trustees member and alumnus Jermaine Simmons for his promotion to Audit Director for Wealth and Investment Management at Wells Fargo

Wells Fargo Wealth and Investment Management (WIM) is one of the nation’s leading providers of financial and investment services. Providing a full range of personalized wealth management, investment, planning, and retirement products and services to meet clients’ unique needs and help them achieve financial goals, WIM administers over $2 trillion in client assets and is the number three retail brokerage firm in the entire nation.

Not only one of three African American Audit Directors in WIM, but Mr. Simmons is also one of the highest ranking African American males in the Internal Audit division., where he leads a team of 35 auditors. In addition, he is a Senior Vice President and member of the leadership team. His promotion comes after nine years of proven success at Wells Fargo.

Previous experience includes five years at Bank of America as the Middle Office Manager for the Trade Capture team in Corporate Treasury, five years at First Union as the Equity Derivatives Trade Support Manager, and three years at Merrill Lynch in Global Operations Services.

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