Prudential Financial ( PRU) named Helen M. Galt senior vice president.

Galt has served as the Newark, N.J., insurer's Company Actuary since April 1993 and reports to Vice Chairman Mark Grier, a member of Prudential's Office of the Chairman. Galt has actuarial oversight responsibility for all actuarial functions at Prudential, as well as responsibility for various product risk management and enterprise insurance program activities.

"Through her actuarial expertise and in-depth knowledge of the company and our products, Helen has played a critical role at Prudential, particularly when we became a public company in 2001," said Grier. "We will continue to rely on her insight and expert counsel moving forward."

On Thursday, Prudential fell 97 cents to $63.35.