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Melissa Kaplan

SVP, Head of Total Rewards

Melissa Kaplan joined Kemper Insurance in August 2021 as SVP, Head of Total Rewards where she leads the compensation, benefits and recognition functions and serves as a member of the HR Leadership Team. 

Prior to Kemper, Melissa spent time at MUFG Union Bank, where she led regional compensation and M&A HR strategy for the Americas including responsibility for leading the Human Capital Risk and Control Committee.  

Before that, Melissa spent 8 years at Discover Financial Services where she began her career managing the Incentive Compensation Risk Management Program.  She later took on roles overseeing Discover’s Resolution and Capital Planning programs where her team supported strategic planning, program coordination, financial analysis and governance activities. She completed her time at Discover in the HR department where she had responsibility for global compensation and executive benefits including the oversight of executive, broad based, incentive, sales, M&A and international pay practices. 

Prior to joining Discover, Melissa led the HR Department at Focus Products Group, LLC and worked for Search Group, LLC.  She earned her bachelor’s degree from Washington University in St. Louis.  She also holds the Certified Executive Compensational Professional, Senior Professional In Human Resources, Society of Human Resources Professionals Senior Certified Professional, Project Management Professional and Lean Change Agent (Six- Sigma Green Belt equivalent) certifications.  Melissa is a member of the Risk Management Associations’ Incentive Compensational Council and previously served as the Talent Development Chair of Discover’s Professional Women’s Employee Resource Group. 

Outside of work, Melissa enjoys her time as a Mom of 2 children, playing tennis and planning various social events for friends and family.