James Blackledge

Chairman & CEO of Mutual of Omaha

James Blackledge is Chairman & CEO of Mutual of Omaha, a leading national provider of insurance and financial products for individuals, families and businesses.

Blackledge, who became President of Mutual of Omaha in 2014, was appointed CEO in 2015. He was named Chairman in January 2018.

Prior to his appointment as President, Blackledge was Executive Vice President, Chief Information Officer and Chief Risk Officer, overseeing all of the company’s technology, applications and systems infrastructure as well as enterprise risk management.

Blackledge joined Mutual of Omaha in 1989 as Senior Actuarial Assistant of Group Actuarial.  He served for 14 years in various roles within the Group Benefit Services business unit, six years in the Individual Financial Services business unit and five years in Information Services.

Blackledge received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) and a master’s degree in Business Administration from Creighton University.  He is a member of the American Academy of Actuaries, a Fellow in the Society of Actuaries, and CFA Charter Holder.

Blackledge is a member of the Greater Omaha Chamber Board of Directors and serves on its Executive Committee and chairs its Economic Development Council.  He also serves on the Creighton University Board of Trustees and the Essence Group Holding Corp. (EGHC) Board of Directors.

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