ADA, Okla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--LegalShield, one of North America’s leading providers of affordable legal plans and the IDShield identity theft solution for individuals, families, and small businesses, announced today a senior leadership appointment.
Patrick Hodges will assume the role of SVP, People and Organizational Development effective April 1, 2017. In this new role, he will be responsible for all aspects of organizational development and training at LegalShield, including employees, associates and the provider network.
Patrick replaced Alan Fearnley, President Network Sales & Marketing in July 2015, and subsequently reshaped the field leadership organization, redesigned the promotional and compensatory structures and returned Network Sales to growth after three years of decline. Over the past 21 months, Patrick has been instrumental in driving record-breaking growth, including achievement of an all-time record high in membership.
In his new role, Patrick will work with CEO, Jeff Bell; Chief Commercial Officer, James Rosseau; and LegalShield Board Members, Pete Jarvis and John Addison, to articulate the organizational requirements of people and structure and align the company’s direction to achieve the strategic plan of Vision 2020. He will develop the organization, outline the development of internal talent, identify gaps and needs for external hires, and prepare the training to create an ongoing and sustainable workforce and provider network.
“More families in North America are protected today because of the splendid work and ongoing efforts of Patrick,” said Bell. “We have asked Patrick to bring that same drive and passion to develop our people and company. We truly applaud his accomplishments since taking on the lead role for network sales and look forward to his new role as part of the LegalShield family.”
“Patrick brings tremendous people and development skills that will help us take LegalShield to the next level,” said John Addison, former Co-CEO of Primerica and LegalShield Board of Directors Member. “We truly appreciate his in-depth professional knowledge. Looking at the best strategic approach for LegalShield from the Board of Directors’ perspective, we determined that Patrick’s vast experience and people talents are a true asset to further develop our executive suite and achieve Vision 2020. His newly created role will be special within the company as he will have a 360° view to all aspects of the organization.”
Hodges’ replacement for Network Sales & Marketing will be named in a separate communication.
A pioneer in the democratization of affordable access to legal protection, LegalShield is one of North America’s leading providers of legal safeguards and protection against identity theft solutions for individuals, families and small businesses. The 45-year-old company protects more than 1.6 million families and serves more than 4.2 million individuals through its legal plans, while IDShield provides identity protection to one million individuals. In addition, LegalShield and IDShield serve more than 141,000 businesses. Both legal and identity theft plans start as low as $20 per month.
LegalShield’s legal plans provide access to attorneys with an average of 19 years of experience in areas such as family matters, estate planning, financial and business issues, consumer protection, tax, real estate, benefits disputes and auto/driving issues. Unlike other legal plans or do-it-yourself websites, LegalShield has dedicated law firms in 50 states and four provinces in Canada that members can call for help without having to worry about high hourly rates.
IDShield provides identity monitoring and restoration services and is the only identity theft protection company armed with a team of licensed private investigators on call to restore a member’s identity.