John M. Grogan, EVP & Chief Product and Innovation Officer
As Chief Product and Innovation Officer, John M. Grogan is responsible for the
strategy and performance of the company’s insurance businesses and the
company’s innovation strategy. This includes overall leadership of product
development, product line performance, risk selection standards, innovation in
products, services, and digital technologies, and the company’s venture fund
investing in new business and emerging technologies. He also serves as a
member of the company’s Senior Leadership Team.
Grogan joined the company as an attorney in 1992 and has worked in and held
leadership roles in a variety of departments, including law, insurance,
distribution and sales, and investment products. In 2004, he was appointed an
executive officer of the company. He served as president and chief executive
officer of the Northwestern Mutual Wealth Management Company during the
financial crisis from 2008 to 2010. In 2010, he lead the integration of all
support to the field across products, planning and markets.
Before joining Northwestern Mutual, Grogan worked for the federal judiciary in
Kansas City, Missouri, and as a certified public accountant for Arthur
Andersen in Chicago.
Grogan is a graduate of Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. and of the
Northwestern University School of Law in Chicago. He also completed the
Kellogg Management Institute at Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate
School of Management.
He currently serves on the board of Marquette University High School, The
Medical College of Wisconsin, and LIMRA/LOMA Global.
John is married to his wife, Denise, and has 4 children.
Craig Schedler, Managing Director
Craig Schedler serves as a Managing Director with Northwestern Mutual Future
Ventures, the company's corporate venture capital arm. Craig is responsible
for managing NM’s strategic venture capital investments in financial
technology, digital health, data analytics and client experience.
Previously, Craig was a Director in the Corporate Strategy function at
Northwestern Mutual. His team provided analysis on current competitive threats
and opportunities, and how the strategic actions of those competitors affect
Prior to joining Northwestern Mutual, Craig was a member of the healthcare
investment banking team at B.C. Ziegler and Company executing both merger and
acquisition and capital markets transactions.
Erin L. Henry, Ph.D., Senior Director
Erin Henry is the Senior Director, Venture Platform at Northwestern Mutual
Future Ventures. In this role, she’s responsible for bringing the company’s
business enablement capabilities to portfolio companies.
Previously, Erin held a series of roles focused on organizational
effectiveness and strategy where she provided thought leadership, tools and
analyses to advise leaders on strengthening the link between strategy and
human capital to accelerate organizational performance. Prior to joining
Northwestern Mutual, Erin worked at Johnson Controls in supplier diversity
where she developed relationships with small and diverse-owned companies and
helped them to grow and scale, supporting diversity and sustainability in the
In line with her passion for supporting organizations focused on education and
economic empowerment, she serves on several boards, including: Community
Advocates, Harvard Business School Club of Wisconsin, and Cardinal Stritch
University-College of Business and Management Advisory Council.
Erin received a PhD in Organizational Behavior from Harvard Business School,
AM in Sociology from Harvard University, MBA from the Tuck School of Business
at Dartmouth College and BA in Economics and International Studies from the
University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Marie-Christine Razaire, Associate
Marie-Christine (MC) is a Associate at Northwestern Mutual Future Ventures.
Marie-Christine focuses on deal sourcing, due diligence, and portfolio
monitoring for NMFV.
Prior to joining NMFV Marie-Christine was a Scouting Manager for State Farm
Labs in Silicon Valley. Here, she was responsible for identifying relevant
startups for partnership opportunities. While there she co-founded Insurtech
SVSF- an insurtech networking group.
She started her career in Catastrophe Insurance, where she spent 7+ years as a
Property Underwriter and Catastrophe Modeler, underwriting commercial deals
ranging from $1M-$16B.
Marie-Christine graduated from McGill University with a B.S. in Atmospheric &
Oceanic Sciences. While there she rowed varsity crew for four years. In her
free time she likes to explore Milwaukee with her dog Mini, make ice cream,
and watch British detective shows.
Moiz Dawoodbhai, Associate
Moiz Dawoodbhai is an Associate at Northwestern Mutual Future Ventures. Moiz
is focused on identifying and sourcing startups, due diligence and portfolio
management for NMFV.
Previously, Moiz was a Senior Consultant and Innovation Manager in Client
Services Strategy at Northwestern Mutual. He led digital transformation
efforts to create a personalized customer experience and design new engagement
models by exploring insuretech and fintech offerings and co-creating with
Prior to joining Northwestern Mutual, Moiz was a part of the Innovation Team
at Aurora Health Care, executing both joint ventures with health-tech startups
and new product development. Moiz holds a BA in Marketing and IT from
UW-Milwaukee and an MBA from Michigan State University. In his spare time,
Moiz serves as the head coach of Milwaukee Metro, a youth basketball
organization, and enjoys spending time with his family and cheering on the
Spartans – Go Green!