Brannigan C. Thompson

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Brannigan C. Thompson
Senior Vice President, Head of Organization, Leadership and Talent Development
Voya Financial
Atlanta, Ga.
Age: 38

Brannigan C. Thompson got married and started a family right after graduating from college in 1998. “At that point, I was twenty-two years old and not really sure what I was getting into, but I did know this: I had somebody else to live for and love, beside myself,” Thompson recalls. “That really focused me to essentially get on my grind when it came to my career.”

He earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration/finance, with honors, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, joined Towers Watson as an executive compensation consultant and moved on to ING, now Voya Financial, where he soon was placed in the company’s Global Management Training program and sent to corporate headquarters in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. This marked the beginning of an upward trajectory in his career and a learning experience of a lifetime. “Travel gives you perspective and to really challenge your historical thinking. Out of that vulnerability comes transformative change if you reflect carefully and listen to your surroundings,” says Thompson.

Today he is senior vice president, head of organization, leadership and talent development. With the firm’s recent IPO, he is helping to transform its culture to align with its business strategy. “We have a unique opportunity to create our own corporate brand identity,” says Thompson. “Transforming a company’s culture following an IPO is a once in lifetime experience for most executives, and I have the privilege of doing that with one of the best leadership teams in the industry.” 

Thompson would be a Little League coach if money didn’t matter. “You can teach so many life lessons to young men through coaching in ways that they normally would not hear you,” he says. Meanwhile, he donates time as a board or committee member to UNICEF, UNCF, the Andrew Young Foundation, National Black Arts Festival and the Urban League.

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