As your Lead Independent Director, it is an honor to work with our Board on behalf of Prudential’s stakeholders. This past year, the Company made significant progress against our transformation strategy for long-term growth even as we all continue to navigate the unprecedented challenges of the pandemic. Through it all, we have been guided by our commitment to making lives better by solving the financial challenges of our ever-changing world.
The Board continues to be agile, adapting to changing circumstances. I attribute this to our directors’ skills, varied experiences, and diversity. Our 13 directors maintain broad and deep experience in strategy development, operational excellence, human capital and culture, sustainability, finance, and other important areas that are directly relevant to Prudential’s strategic priorities. In addition to bringing important skills, our Board members represent a wide range of backgrounds and individual experiences, which we believe are reflective of our global operations and diverse consumer base. Of our 13 director nominees, 11 are independent. Eighty two percent of our independent directors are diverse. Our average Board tenure is approximately nine years. We are proud of the continuing evolution of our Board and track record of refreshment.
Regular shareholder feedback informs the Board’s thinking and allows us to continually broaden our perspective. I met with a number of our institutional investors throughout 2021. Our dialogue covered a broad range of topics, including the Board’s diverse composition and breadth of experience, the role of the Lead Independent Director, the Board’s oversight of our Company’s transformation strategy, our Company’s environmental commitment and commitment to stakeholders, and the Board’s oversight of our human capital and diversity initiatives. Investors’ viewpoints are shared with the entire Board, enhancing our decision-making. To enable shareholders to hear directly from our Board, we continue to release director video interviews in conjunction with our proxy statement. This year, we are featuring Wendy E. Jones, member of the Board’s Audit Committee, Gilbert F. Casellas, Chairman of Prudential’s Corporate Governance and Business Ethics Committee, and Robert Falzon, our Vice Chairman.
While more work lies ahead, we are pleased with the Company’s progress against our transformation objectives. The Board recognizes that continued strong performance requires vigilant focus on our core business principles, including exceptional client service, operational excellence, and a culture that cultivates strong performing teams. Through our oversight of the Company’s strategic planning process, the Board and management are accountable for abiding by these principles.
On behalf of the Board, thank you for your continuing trust and investment in Prudential.
Christine A. Poon
Lead Independent Director