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posted: 12/18/2020 2:36 PM

Allstate creates sustainability officer

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NORTHBROOK -- Allstate Corp. announced Susan L. Lees will become the company's first chief sustainability officer. Executive vice president and general counsel Rhonda Ferguson will take over Lees' previous roles as chief legal officer and secretary of the corporation. The changes are effective immediately.

"This realignment of responsibilities is consistent with Susie's decision announced in August to focus on environmental, social and governance initiatives," said Tom Wilson, chair, president and CEO. "Allstate has been a leader in sustainability and recently earned a place on the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices for the third consecutive year. Under Susie's focused leadership we will accelerate our progress."

Lees joined Allstate in 1988 and has led many complex initiatives, including the company's acquisition of American Heritage Life Insurance Co, and the pending acquisition of National General Holdings Corp.

Ferguson joined Allstate in September from Union Pacific Railroad, where she had served as executive vice president, chief legal officer and corporate secretary.