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As the leading provider of benefits administration and cloud-based HR and financial solutions, we enhance work and life through our service, technology and data. We are Alight. Reimagining how people and organizations thrive.
Meet the Alight Solutions leadership team—a group of experienced executives with careers spanning decades of accomplishment in benefits administration, human resources and related fields.
Chris Michalak is CEO of Alight Solutions and is a member of its Board of Directors. He is responsible for the strategic direction, investment decisions and business performance of Alight, a $2.3B leader in technology-enabled health, wealth, HR and finance solutions. Focused on growth and innovation, Chris leads, motivates and engages the company’s tens of thousands of colleagues across 14 global delivery centers to serve more than 1,400 clients, including nearly 50% of the Fortune 500.
Prior to assuming leadership of Alight, Chris was Global Chief Commercial Officer with Aon Hewitt. His responsibilities included leading global sales and accounts strategy and directly managing all U.S. sales and accounts functions. Chris also led Aon Hewitt’s Global Client Promise initiative, which established a clear set of commitments to all clients and put in a place a methodology for assessing the company’s performance to ensure it met or exceeded client expectations. Previously, Chris was the CEO of Buck Consultants, a global HR consulting firm.
Chris earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from Michigan State University and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
As Chief Financial Officer for Alight Solutions, Katie Rooney leads the finance organization and manages all aspects of the financial management and reporting for the business. Previously, Katie was the CFO for Aon Hewitt. Prior to that, she was the CFO for Aon Hewitt’s Outsourcing business and global head of financial planning and analysis.
Katie also led corporate finance, corporate M&A and financial risk management activities within Treasury at Aon before moving to Aon Hewitt. Her primary responsibilities included raising capital, optimizing overall cost of capital and discretionary cash spending, managing merger and acquisition activity and overall risk management strategies. She also worked as the COO, global finance and shared services under Aon’s CFO, Christa Davies, leading key global initiatives to drive corporate profitability and shareholder value creation.
Prior to joining Aon, Katie was a VP, Investment Banking at Morgan Stanley. Katie was accountable for primary and secondary coverage of numerous medical technology companies and involved in all aspects of debt, equity and M&A activities, including valuation, positioning and shareholder relations.
Katie holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Finance from the University of Michigan. She serves on the Board of Trustees for WTTW, a PBS member station.
As President of Health & Wealth Solutions, Michael Sigmund has full responsibility for the health, defined contribution, defined benefits and consumer experience capabilities at Alight. Michael leads 17,000 colleagues across sales, operations and customer care to deliver excellent service and breakthrough solutions for our clients.
Before joining Alight, Michael spent 12 years at Conduent and its predecessor companies, most recently leading its global HR outsourcing services business, including benefit administration, HR business process outsourcing services and exchange solutions. As head of that business, Michael was directly engaged in signing more than $1B in client contracts with FORTUNE 500 clients and consistently increased client retention rates year-over-year. As chief strategist, Michael defined the technology roadmap of the future and related investment programs.
Michael has more than 25 years of experience across financial institutions and HR outsourcing and consulting organizations. He has held a variety of leadership roles that include managing key client relationships and implementing company-wide initiatives to transform operations and drive change, as well as directing the administration of more than 13,000 health and welfare, defined benefit and defined contribution plans and broader HR business process outsourcing engagements. Previously, Michael led the institutional client services group at TIAA-CREF, was a senior partner in Corporate Trust Services at Bankers’ Trust, and spent his early career in banking at Chase Manhattan. He has been consistently recognized as one of the most influential leaders in the retirement industry, often speaking at leading industry conferences, including the PLANSPONSOR National Conference and the HR Technology Conference.
Michael graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications from Rowan University and earned an MBA from Farleigh Dickinson University. Michael is a founding member of the Franklin Lakes Youth and Recreation Foundation and a founding member of the National Kidney Registration.
As President of Alight’s HR & Financial Solutions business, Pavan Bhalla is responsible for sales, operations, growth, product development and continuous improvement for a growing portfolio of clients using cloud-based platforms for HR and financial services. Prior to this role, he led service and delivery operations for Aon Hewitt as CEO of its outsourcing business.
Other previous roles with Aon Hewitt include India Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer for Outsourcing operations. He was also Corporate Controller of Hewitt Associates from 2006–2008. Before this, he served as Senior Vice President, Finance, of MCI Inc., a global telecommunications company. In this capacity, he was part of the leadership team that led MCI (formerly WorldCom) out of the largest fraud and bankruptcy in corporate history. Prior to joining MCI in August 2003, Pavan spent over seven years with telecommunications leader BellSouth Corporation.
Pavan has served on the board of directors and chaired the audit committee of Ebix Inc. (NASDAQ: EBIX) since 2004.
Pavan has an MBA in Analytic Finance from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business and an MBA in Management Science from Simon Fraser University, Canada.
Kelly Clark serves as Chief Technology and Digital Officer for Alight Solutions. He leads Alight’s overall technology strategy including the design, development and implementation of new technology solutions across all areas of Alight’s business. In addition, Kelly is responsible for Alight’s technology infrastructure, data security and privacy.
Kelly’s expertise spans application development, infrastructure, operations and data analytics largely, in health and related industries. This broad skill set allows him to connect technology and digital solutions to business and client needs.
Before joining Alight, Kelly was Chief Information Officer with MAXIMUS, a leading operator of government health and human services programs. His responsibilities included establishing and executing the company’s global technology strategy. In his role, Kelly ensured that all technology initiatives supported the key objectives of MAXIMUS and its global business units. Previously, Kelly held a variety of leadership technology and operational positions at United Health Group, including CIO of OptumHealth.
Currently, Kelly sits on the advisory board for Verizon Telecommunications and previously served on the Hewlett Packard and Uniphy advisory boards. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Master of City Planning/Architecture from the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg.
In her role as Chief Client Officer, Mary Sales is responsible for overseeing all client relationships and leading the account management teams across Alight Solutions. Prior to Alight, Mary was with Aon Hewitt for more than 25 years, playing a number of different client leadership roles across the business.
Mary has worked with clients solving a broad array of strategic issues, most often focused on linking organizations’ business results and human resource programs, including the outsourcing of HR. Mary has seen clients through outsourcing implementations, mergers and acquisitions and other significant change activities.
Prior to joining Aon Hewitt, Mary worked both on the provider and insurer side of health care, establishing and overseeing managed care networks for a large insurer.
Mary sits on the Board of Trustees of St. Peter’s School in Philadelphia; the Advancement Committee of Episcopal Community Services; and has been on the Board of Visitors of the Bolles School in Jacksonville, FL. She was recognized in 2014 as a Woman of Distinction by the Philadelphia Business Journal. Mary earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Yale University and a Masters in Health Policy and Management from Harvard University.
A respected business leader with deep subject matter expertise in benefits administration, Greg has a passion for engaging and developing colleagues. He is known for bringing that passion to everything he does, especially in his role developing client solutions that are creative, effective, sustainable and repeatable.
Most recently, Greg was an Executive Vice President in the Benefits Administration business, leading the delivery to all of our clients served with enterprise benefits solutions as well as our large-market clients in the West region. Previously, Greg led Implementation Services for Benefits Administration, overseeing the implementations of all custom defined benefit, defined contribution and health and welfare outsourcing projects.
In his 25-year career with Aon Hewitt, Greg has led many outsourcing implementations, including some of the company’s largest clients. He has served in a variety of implementation and ongoing roles, managing the delivery of services for a significant number of clients. Greg has also served as a defined benefit practice leader, working with client teams to ensure proper application of pension legislation and developing best practice solutions to pension administration challenges.
Greg graduated with honors from Valparaiso University with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance. He currently serves on the board of directors for Oasis for Orphans, an organization committed to orphans in Kenya.
Paulette Dodson is an experienced strategic, legal and operational executive with over 30 years of experience as a trusted advisor to CEOs and boards of directors of Fortune 500 and large privately held companies. As General Counsel at Alight Solutions, Paulette provides strategic advice and legal expertise on matters related to board governance, mergers & acquisitions, and corporate compliance.
Before joining Alight, Paulette was Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of PetSmart, Inc. During her time at PetSmart she helped lead the board and company through leadership changes and a leveraged buyout. In addition, Paulette served in various roles at Sara Lee Corporation, including General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, and Chief Counsel for North America.
Paulette also enjoyed a 14-year career at Tribune Company where she was Assistant General Counsel of publishing, responsible for managing legal affairs for the operating units of the publishing business across the U.S., as well as General Counsel to the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Magazine and the Daily Press in Virginia.
Since 2011, Paulette has been on the board of Mather Lifeways, a not-for-profit organization with $73M in revenues and nearly $1B in assets that is dedicated to creating senior residences and other ventures related to aging well. She also serves on the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee and the Community Initiatives Committee for Mather Lifeways. Recently, Paulette also served on the Board of Trustees of Phoenix Country Day School, a college preparatory school in Arizona where she was the chair of the Audit Committee and a member of the Executive and Finance Committees.
Paulette holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in urban legal studies from City College of New York and a Juris Doctor from Cornell Law School.
In her role as Chief of Staff at Alight Solutions, Andrea W. Armstrong is responsible for driving key initiatives to further the company’s strategic priorities on behalf of the CEO. A strong and accomplished leader, Andrea has transformed struggling business units into high-performing teams and driven double-digit revenue growth within multiple business segments.
Andrea most recently served as Vice President, Global Commercial Operations at Aon Hewitt, responsible for defining and using sales disciplines to effectively drive new business. In this role, Andrea led a variety of complementary commercial teams, including opportunity management, client services, business performance management and research and business intelligence.
Previous roles at Aon Hewitt included responsibility for client delivery, financial results and people management for clients such as Dell, Rexam Inc. and General Dynamics. While leading the Point Solutions business, Andrea also served as the Chief Executive Officer for Hewitt Financial Services (HFS), a wholly owned broker/dealer subsidiary of Hewitt, and served as the Hewitt Money Market (HMM) President. Prior to joining Aon Hewitt, she served as Sales Leader and Special Districts Divisional Leader at Coregis Insurance, a subsidiary of GE Capital, where she doubled the revenue of the business in just 2.5 years. Prior to that, she spent almost five years at Great American Insurance Company with responsibilities in underwriting, marketing and operations management.
She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Arts from the University of Cincinnati. Andrea sits on the Board for the Illinois Chapter for Gift of Adoption.
Amy Wulfestieg is Alight's Executive Vice President, Communications, responsible for the overall internal and external communication strategy, planning, and execution for the company, including CEO and executive communications, client communications and reputation management.
Previously, Amy led internal communications at Aon Hewitt, where she was responsible for client communication efforts and led the company’s response and approach to all reputation management issues, helping to minimize risk and protect Aon’s brand.
In her 18 years with Aon Hewitt, Amy took on roles of increasing responsibility within the communications function. Her experience spans the full breadth of communication disciplines, including internal communications, media relations, marketing communications and other external messaging. She has led significant organizational change initiatives to support business growth and stability. Amy was instrumental in defining the strategy and executing the plan to announce Aon’s merger with Hewitt Associates in 2010 and played a key role in the ongoing change and integration efforts between the two firms, as well as several other mergers, acquisitions and divestitures. Most recently, she led the communications strategy and execution for Aon Hewitt’s sale of the outsourcing business to Blackstone.
Amy holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and graduated from Valparaiso University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology.