Chris Smith

Executive Vice President of Group Benefits
Guardian Life

As Executive Vice President of Group Benefits at Guardian Life, Chris Smith is a future-focused, growth-oriented employee benefits executive who puts the customer at the center of everything he does. With more than 25 years of industry experience, he has held numerous leadership roles and has a proven ability to drive strategy and transformation. Core areas of expertise run across the full insurance value chain including underwriting, claims, policy administration, complex change management, investment management and corporate strategy.

Today, Chris leads Guardian Life’s mission to modernize the benefits experience which includes scaling new technology and empowering employers with the tools to meet evolving employee needs. He understands the power that strong benefit plans can have in fostering community and engagement among employees while driving financial resiliency and well-being.

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