NEW YORK, June 28, 2016Assurant, Inc. (NYSE: AIZ), a global provider of risk management solutions, today announced that three executives have been recognized by Profiles in Diversity Journal with “Women Worth Watching” awards. Rebekah Biondo, vice president of mergers and acquisition and strategy, Ana Paula Almeida Santos, legal director, and Tammy Schultz, global president of preneed, were recognized for demonstrating outstanding achievement and leadership in their careers.

Profiles in Diversity Journal’'s 15th Annual Women Worth Watching Awards recognizes dynamic professional women who are using their talents and influence to change workplaces and the world. Biondo, Schultz and Santos are among the 162 executives chosen for this year’s award. 

“This award recognition is a tribute to the outstanding success and leadership Rebekah, Ana Paula and Tammy have shown in their careers at Assurant,” said Alan B. Colberg, president and CEO of Assurant. “Every day, they bring to life Assurant’s core values—common sense, common decency, uncommon thinking and uncommon results—and deliver on our mission to help people protect what matters most to them. We applaud their achievements and thank them for their many contributions to the company’s success.”

As vice president of strategy and M&A for Assurant, Biondo ensures alignment between the company’s business goals and its overall financial targets, recommending strategic enterprise initiatives involving Assurant’s capital deployment strategies for the company’s $5 billion portfolio as well as the organization’s M&A initiatives. A credentialed actuary by trade, she has held roles of increasing responsibility in the actuarial and finance functions during her 16-year career at Assurant.

With more than 15-years of experience in law, Santos leads the legal department for Assurant in Brazil. In her role, she advises Assurant Brazil’s office head on all legal matters and coordinates legal activities for all the business’ product lines in the country.

Schultz leads Assurant’s preneed business, which offers consumers a way to prefund the cost of a funeral, cremation or burial. Rising through the ranks since joining Assurant in 1995, Schutlz’s career trajectory has taken her from working in advertising and communications to negotiating multi-million dollar deals and executing business strategies. Under her leadership, the business has grown to almost $1 billion in annual policy sales in 2015 and handles administration for nearly 2 billion insurance policies.

About Assurant

Assurant, Inc. (NYSE: AIZ) is a global provider of risk management solutions, protecting where consumers live and the goods they buy. A Fortune 500 company, Assurant focuses on the housing and lifestyle markets, and is among the market leaders in mobile device protection; extended service contracts; vehicle protection; pre-funded funeral insurance; renters insurance; lender-placed homeowners insurance; and mortgage valuation and field services. With approximately $30 billion in assets as of March 31, 2016, and $8 billion in annual revenue for the year ended 2015, Assurant is located in 16 countries, while its Assurant Foundation works to support and improve communities. Learn more at or on Twitter @AssurantNews.

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