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James DeVries

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Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer
Allstate Insurance Company

James DeVries is executive vice president and chief administrative officer for the Allstate Insurance Company and a member of Allstate's senior leadership team. DeVries is responsible for leading the Human Resources, Procurement, Real Estate and Administration functions for the organization. His Human Resource accountabilities include developing the company's talent strategy and the full range of tools, techniques, and programs to enable the enterprise to attract and retain engaged employees. Additionally, DeVries leads all enterprise initiatives related to Continuous Improvement.

DeVries has a diverse background as a human resources and business executive with experience in multiple industries, including financial services, telecommunications and consumer products. Before joining Allstate in 2008, DeVries was senior vice president of human resources at the Principal Financial Group from 2000 to 2008, where he was responsible for the global human resource function. Previously, he held a similar role as human resources vice president at Ameritech's Monitoring Services Division, where he also was responsible for real estate, fleet management and procurement. Earlier, DeVries held human resource roles at Quaker Oats, Leaf and Andrew Corporation, where he gained in-depth knowledge of human resource strategy, policy and practices.

DeVries is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management. He is a current board member of Breakthrough Urban Ministries and past board member of the Chicago Public Library Foundation, the Boys and Girls Club of Central Iowa and the Des Moines Civic Center.

DeVries received a bachelor's degree in psychology and human resources from Trinity College, a master's degree in industrial relations from Loyola University, and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

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