Sean Woodroffe

Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer


Sean N. Woodroffe is currently the Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer at TIAA. He oversees all aspects of human resources strategy and execution for the organization’s global workforce, including compensation and benefits, talent acquisition, organizational design and effectiveness, and inclusion and diversity. He also is responsible for the company’s internal communications strategy, which focuses on driving the alignment and engagement of more than 18, associates.

Sean joined TIAA in 217. He is a seasoned HR executive with more than 3 years of experience in global financial services, developing and leveraging talent to drive transformation, while addressing capability gaps and building a diverse workforce.

Sean previously held the Chief People Officer position at National Life Group, a diversified group of financial services companies. In this capacity, he oversaw all aspects of HR spanning recruiting, training, talent and performance management, compensation and benefits programs. He joined National Life Group in 213 from Sun Life Financial U.S., where he was the regional Head of HR, Internal Communications and Philanthropy. Sean also held executive HR roles at Financial Guaranty Insurance Company, and the United Bank for Africa. He started his career and spent over 18 years at Merrill Lynch & Co., where he last served as First Vice President and Head of International HR based in London. He also led HR for Merrill Lynch’s Japan Wealth Management business unit based in Tokyo. While at National Life as well as at FGIC, Sean served as the liaison to both firm’s Board Compensation Committees.

Sean holds a bachelor degree in international relations from Shaw University in North Carolina. He is an active leader in the community and currently serves on the board of the Chapin School in Princeton, NJ, and the board of Shaw University. Sean was a long serving member of the New York City YMCA Compensation Committee and was an adjunct professor at New York University