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James DeVries

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Executive Vice President, Allstate Brand Operations
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James DeVries is executive vice president, Allstate Brand Operations. DeVries is responsible for leading teams to provide customer service and support to approximately 16 million households and over 11,000 Allstate exclusive agencies and financial representatives in the U.S. and Canada. His accountability includes incorporating customer insights into Allstate's business processes and, through numerous contact and service centers, delivering value to our customers. DeVries also leads procurement, enterprise continuous improvement initiatives, the project management organization, administration and real estate.

Most recently, DeVries was executive vice president and chief administrative officer with responsibility for human resources, procurement, real estate and continuous improvement. In this role, he was instrumental in developing and delivering on Allstate's employee value proposition, optimizing Allstate's real estate footprint, improving procurement processes and leading the continuous improvement efforts across the company.

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 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. He 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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