Bill Ulland

CEO

Thrivent

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Pope Francis is a tough act to follow for any Christian leader, but Brad Hewitt, CEO of Thrivent, is running a close second by breaking new ground for the Minneapolis-based fraternal benefits organization. In 2013, the nonprofit opened to all Christians, rather than just Lutherans. The move was made to help grow membership and to spread the organization’s products across a wider swath of believers. In 2015 Hewitt also appointed the 113-year-old firm’s first woman president, Teresa Rasmussen.