Pauline E. Ashworth Joins Preferred Mutual as Executive Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer and Diversity and Inclusion Officer

Paula Ashworth

Pauline E. Ashworth has joined Preferred Mutual Insurance Company (“Preferred Mutual”) as Executive Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer and Diversity and Inclusion Officer. Ashworth will be responsible for developing and executing Preferred Mutual’s human resources strategy including talent acquisition, development and retention, succession planning, performance management, and compensation. In addition, she will oversee the continued development and implementation of Preferred Mutual’s Diversity and Inclusion strategy as a driving principle at the company.

Ashworth brings to Preferred Mutual more than 20 years of human resources leadership expertise building organizational capability in multiple industries including insurance, banking, and consumer products. Prior to joining Preferred Mutual, she held the position of Human Resources Director for Harpak-ULMA, an international packaging technology company. She also served as Vice President, Human Resources – Commercial Banking for TD Bank, N.A. Ashworth’s expertise in Strategic Planning, Leadership Development, and Diversity and Inclusion brought sustainable growth in her previous roles. “As Preferred Mutual continues to implement strategic initiatives to enhance our position within the marketplace, we will look to Pauline to focus on making diversity a company priority and taking meaningful steps to advance our diversity efforts,” shared Benedikt Sander, President and CEO for Preferred Mutual Insurance Company.

Ashworth earned her bachelor’s degree from Boston College and holds several professional designations and certifications including PHR (Professional in Human Resources), Prosci Change Management Practitioner, Myers Briggs Type Indicator, and The Hays Group’s Emotional Competency Inventory 360. “I’m looking forward to continuing the evolution of our talent strategy – including the attraction, development and retention of top talent – and building capabilities that support our organization’s strategic priorities,” commented Ashworth.

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