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Wes Thompson

Founder & CEO, Emerge


Wes Thompson most recently served as president, Sun Life Financial U.S., where he was responsible for all aspects of the company’s U.S. insurance businesses.

Wes joined Sun Life U.S. in 2008 and was instrumental in renewing the strategic direction of the company. He has a strong track record of building profitable organizations focused on growth. As president of Sun Life U.S., he championed key initiatives such as expanding the business and positioning it for further success through sale of the U.S. domestic annuity business and transformation of the group benefits business into a customer-focused operating model. He was also responsible for advancing the company’s brand in the U.S., including securing naming rights for Sun Life Stadium. After compiling an impressive list of accomplishments, Wes retired from Sun Life in April 2014 to pursue a variety of entrepreneurial and personal interests. In 2015, he founded Emerge with a goal of making protection from emergencies accessible to everyone.

In the decade prior to joining Sun Life, Wes held executive leadership roles at Lincoln Financial Group. He created the company’s centralized wholesale distribution organization, before becoming president of Employer Markets (group retirement plans and group benefits) and president of the Retirement Solutions business.

Wes received a bachelor’s degree from Brown University. He was born in Jamaica and his family moved to the United Kingdom (Birmingham, England), when he was 6 years old, and then to the United States (New York City), when he was 14.  He was recently appointed to Goldman Sachs Trust II Mutual Fund Board, and is an active board member of Hartford Hospital. Wes has also been actively involved in youth soccer programs for the past 30 years. Wes lives in West Hartford with his wife, Rosemarie. They have two sons, ages 25 and 22.