Jean McLaughlin received her BA in English from Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland. She took additional classes in accounting and economics at Fordham University, and has completed many management, leadership, sales and investment courses over the years.
Ms. McLaughlin began her career with Hoover Ball and Bearing Company, a Fortune 500 manufacturing firm, as a Risk Management Assistant. During her seven years at Hoover (subsequently acquired by Johnson Controls), she held various positions in compensation and benefits and gained experience in communications and product management within corporate and manufacturing environments. She completed her tenure there as Corporate Director of Compensation and Benefits.
Upon relocating to San Francisco, Ms. McLaughlin provided consulting services to Charles Schwab, helping that fast-growing company modernize their compensation and benefits programs. She joined Wells Fargo Bank as a Benefits Analyst, was promoted to Benefits Manager within a year, and later took on responsibility for Compensation. During her six years in the compensation and benefits area, she was instrumental in replacing the company’s defined benefit pension plan with a defined contribution plan, negotiating the purchase of annuities for the defined benefit plan, converting to a cafeteria-style benefits program, and introducing a 401(k) plan. Ms. McLaughlin participated in the due diligence for several large and small corporate acquisitions and led the subsequent transitions of benefits programs. Ms. McLaughlin went on to head Executive Compensation for Wells Fargo where she was responsible for executive benefit, stock option, and restricted share plans, and the related communications, reporting and disclosure. She contributed to the creation of executive employment contracts and termination agreements, and worked with executives in each of those types of transactions.
Ms. McLaughlin worked as a Private Banking Relationship Manager for three years before returning to Human Resources as a Corporate Strategy and Project Manager. Following the merger with Norwest Bank, she moved into Organization and Executive Development where she created the company’s leadership, planning and succession processes and co-led the design and delivery of the annual executive offsite meetings. After nine years in this area, Ms. McLaughlin resigned to spend time with her family.
Ms. McLaughlin has been active in the Girl Scouts of the Bay Area as a board member and member of the nominating committee, and locally as a troop treasurer. She has served as a docent volunteer with Art-in-Action, a school-based art education program. She supports her children’s schools in various areas, including sports team parent and auction committee member.