Guardian Life Names Jonathan Mayhew Head of Group Benefits

Mayhew appointment enhances the steps Guardian has taken to advance its strategy, drive growth, and deliver increased value to consumers

(Jonathan Mayhew, Head of Group Benefits, Guardian Life. Source: Guardian Life.)

The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America (New York) has named Jonathan Mayhew Head of Group Benefits, reporting to Chief Executive Officer and President Andrew McMahon, according to a statement from the company. Mayhew will lead a team of three thousand colleagues working to inspire well-being for employees and family members of Guardian customers, the statement says.

“Jonathan is a proven leader with extensive experience in employer-sponsored health benefits and a strong track record of growth, execution, and innovation,” comments McMahon. “His rich experience and purpose-driven leadership style make him the right leader to drive growth in Guardian’s Group Benefits and to support our continued success.”

Andrew McMahon, CEO, Guardian Life.

Guardian describes its Group Benefits business ass helping employers to attract and retain top talent by offering high quality employee benefits. Guardian’s offerings include Dental, Vision, Life, Disability and Absence Management, Mental Wellness through Spring Health, and Supplemental Health products such as Hospital Indemnity Insurance, which provides financial protection against potentially devastating hospital bills.

Guardian says it continues to strengthen foundational capabilities and bring new offerings to market. Most recently the company launched Dental plans that include Diminishing Deductible, which reduces each year the member is on the plan until it’s $0 after three years, and Early Smiles, providing 100 percent network coverage for preventive, basic, and major care for children through age 12. This year Guardian also launched a national partnership with Spring Health (New York), providing access to mental health professionals and a wide range of solutions clinically proven to reduce recovery times and help companies decrease employee turnover and increase productivity.

Mayhew brings extensive experience in employer-sponsored health benefits and a strong track record of growth, execution, and innovation, including overseeing $52B in revenue and $4.3B in Operating Income as President of US Markets for Aetna. Most recently, Mayhew was CEO of Ontrak and previously served as Chief Transformation Officer at CVS Health. In prior roles, Jonathan led strategy, business development, product marketing and field operations, including sales and account management of dental and disability products.

“I’m excited to join Guardian and lead the Group Benefits business at a time when employers are increasingly focused on supporting, engaging, and retaining talent,” comments Mayhew. “I look forward to working with our colleagues, brokers, professional employer organizations, and medical partners to continue to distinguish Guardian as a partner of choice.”

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Anthony R. O’Donnell // Anthony O'Donnell is Executive Editor of Insurance Innovation Reporter. For nearly two decades, he has been an observer and commentator on the use of information technology in the insurance industry, following industry trends and writing about the use of IT across all sectors of the insurance industry. He can be reached at or (503) 936-2803.

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