Leadership Team

Leadership

Mike DeKoning

President

Mike DeKoning is President of Allstate Benefits and a Senior Vice President of the Allstate Insurance Company.

Prior to his appointment as President, Mike served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the U.S. life business of a leading international reinsurer. In that role, he led all aspects of the U.S. life reinsurance business, covering individual life, group life, disability, long-term care and annuities. Mike also served nearly 20 years at a major Canadian financial institution, culminating in his role as Senior Vice President of Corporate Risk Management, where he led product risk projects across the U.S., Canada and Asia.

Mike holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Toronto, where he studied actuarial science, economics and statistics. He has served in leadership roles with many industry organizations, including LIMRA and the American Council of Life Insurers, and is an active volunteer with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and Make-A-Wish Georgia.


Walter Jones

Executive Vice President, Sales & Distribution

Walter Jones is Executive Vice President of Sales & Distribution for the United States and Canada and oversees all product distribution, including through the Exclusive Agent and Broker channels, National Accounts, and Canada, as well as Strategic Alliances and Private Exchanges.

Walter counts more than 27 years of experience in the employee benefits business, spending his first 10 years in the industry with The Marsh & McLennan companies in Washington, D.C. Walter then joined Aon Consulting as Vice President of the Employee Benefits Group based in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Then, after seven consecutive years of record growth as Senior Vice President of National Accounts for Allstate Benefits, Walter became the Executive Vice President of Sales & Distribution.

Walter is a graduate of the University of South Carolina and serves on the Board of Trustees for the Brooks College of Health at The University of North Florida.


Keith Hauschildt

Executive Vice President & CAO

Keith Hauschildt is Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer for Allstate Benefits and a Vice President of the Allstate Insurance Company.

His responsibilities include all aspects of operational infrastructure that support the marketing, distribution and servicing of Allstate Benefits customers.

Keith has enjoyed more than 32 years with Allstate, holding positions with Allstate Corporate, Sears and Allstate Financial, covering roles in customer service, finance, M&A and product management.

Prior to his current position, Keith served as Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer of Allstate Financial as well as Vice President of Allstate Financial’s Program Management Office.

Keith holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Northern Illinois University and an MBA from the University of Illinois at Chicago.


Liz Mahin

Executive Vice President & CFO

Liz Mahin is Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Allstate Benefits and a Senior Director of the Allstate Insurance Company.

Liz joined Allstate in 1988 as Director of Financial Reporting. Since then she has held several leadership positions at Allstate Corporate, including Vice President & Controller and Assistant Vice President. Prior to her appointment as Allstate Benefits CFO, Liz served as Senior Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer for Allstate Benefits.

Liz is a CPA and holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the State University of New York in Albany.


John Gilmore

Executive Vice President & CIO

John Gilmore is Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer of Allstate Benefits and a Vice President of the Allstate Insurance Company. He is responsible for developing and governing the Allstate Benefits information technology strategy. John is also charged with the ongoing development of our application infrastructure, which spans billing, account implementation and management, as well as policy and claims administration systems.

John counts more than 20 years of proven leadership in insurance information technology and previously served as Chief Information Officer for MetLife’s Global Operations.

John holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and management information systems from Drexel University.