J. Harold Chandler


DEFINITION of 'J. Harold Chandler'

The current COO of Univers Workplace Benefits and a former president, CEO and chairman of disability insurance provider Unum Provident. In 1993, Chandler became president and CEO of Provident Life and Accident Company of America. Provident was doing poorly, but Chandler helped return the company to profitability through changes such as the acquisitions of the Paul Revere Corporation and Genex.

Chandler also led a 1999 merger with another insurance company, Unum Corporation, to form Unum Provident. He became COO, then CEO, of the new company. He was fired in 2003 after the company experienced bad publicity over numerous customer complaints and negative financial results.

BREAKING DOWN 'J. Harold Chandler'

Born in South Carolina in 1949, Chandler earned his undergraduate degree from Wofford College and his MBA from the South Carolina Graduate School of Business Administration. Upon completing his MBA, he went to work for Citizens and Southern National Bank. When it merged with Sovran Corp. in 1990, he became executive vice president of corporate marketing of the new company, C&S/Sovran. Chandler also attended Harvard Business School's Advanced Management Program.

  1. Board Of Directors - B Of D

    A group of individuals that are elected as, or elected to act ...
  2. Morris Chang

    The founder, chairman and CEO of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing ...
  3. Clarence P. Cazalot Jr.

    The president and CEO of Marathon Oil Corp. and a member of its ...
  4. Tonghai Chen

    A former director and chairman of Chinese energy and chemical ...
  5. Nicholas D. Chabraja

    A former CEO and chairman of defense contractor General Dynamics. ...
  6. Chairman

    An executive elected by a company's board of directors that is ...
Related Articles
  1. Retirement

    Pages From The Bad CEO Playbook

    Excess compensation, golden parachutes, tunneling and IPO spinning make these bad executives even worse.
  2. Personal Finance

    CEO Savvy And Stock's Success Go Hand In Hand

    A CEO shapes the direction a business will take. We provide four clues to help you determine which ones have the right stuff.
  3. Professionals

    The Path To Becoming A CEO

    Think you have what it takes to be chief executive? Find out what those at the top have in common.
  4. Personal Finance

    A Career In Real Estate Portfolio Management

    Find out why this job more closely resembles the role of a CEO than an asset manager.
  5. Professionals

    Future CEO? Get Your Start In Fixed Income

    Discover why working in fixed income can be your ticket to the highest professional goals you've set for yourself.
  6. Options & Futures

    Reining In CEO Rewards

    Could bloated CEO compensation be to blame for the widening gap between the rich and the ultra-rich?
  7. Investing

    Top 9 Questions Investors Should Ask Management

    Find out how to get the answers you want without getting the company line.
  8. Professionals

    4 Ways Companies Can Relieve Workplace Stress

    Workplace stress can cost companies tons of money in lost productivity and absenteeism. Some of that is out of their control, but often they are the cause.
  9. Entrepreneurship

    Top 3 Most Successful African Entrepreneurs

    Discover the educational backgrounds and entrepreneurial ventures of some of the most successful and well-known African entrepreneurs.
  10. Entrepreneurship

    Top 3 Most Successful French Entrepreneurs

    Learn about some of the most famous and successful entrepreneurs who either hail from France or have chosen to relocate to France as their home.
  1. How are Rupert Murdoch's holdings distributed?

    Rupert Murdoch owns a controlling share of News Corporation and over 750 different businesses. Some of the major brands he ... Read Full Answer >>
  2. How did Bernard Baruch attain his wealth?

    Bernard Baruch obtained his fortune by investing in profitable stocks on Wall Street. Baruch is known as a legendary stock ... Read Full Answer >>
  3. Why was Bernard Baruch known as the "Park Bench Statesman?"

    As someone who preferred to conduct his meetings in informal settings and was led by persuasion rather than pressure, Bernard ... Read Full Answer >>
  4. How did Nathan Rothschild become a stock exchange speculator?

    Market maker Nathan Rothschild learned much of his financial savvy from his father, who dealt in coins and paper money. He ... Read Full Answer >>
  5. What advice does Howard Schultz offer would-be business moguls?

    Starbucks CEO, billionaire and former sports tycoon Howard Schultz has several pieces of advice for would-be moguls and, ... Read Full Answer >>
  6. Why did Howard Schultz leave Starbucks, only to return eight years later?

    Howard Schultz left Starbucks in 2000 due to exhaustion from growing Starbucks from a regional coffee chain to a global company ... Read Full Answer >>

You May Also Like

Hot Definitions
  1. Real Estate Investment Trust - REIT

    A REIT is a type of security that invests in real estate through property or mortgages and often trades on major exchanges ...
  2. Section 1231 Property

    A tax term relating to depreciable business property that has been held for over a year. Section 1231 property includes buildings, ...
  3. Term Deposit

    A deposit held at a financial institution that has a fixed term, and guarantees return of principal.
  4. Zero-Sum Game

    A situation in which one person’s gain is equivalent to another’s loss, so that the net change in wealth or benefit is zero. ...
  5. Capitalization Rate

    The rate of return on a real estate investment property based on the income that the property is expected to generate.
  6. Gross Profit

    A company's total revenue (equivalent to total sales) minus the cost of goods sold. Gross profit is the profit a company ...
Trading Center
You are using adblocking software

Want access to all of Investopedia? Add us to your “whitelist”
so you'll never miss a feature!