Sandy Waite is the Chief Communications Officer at The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America (Guardian), responsible for the development and execution of communications strategy for the company. She serves as communications advisor to the CEO and President and partners with the leadership team across Group Benefits, Individual Markets, Enterprise Business Technology Solutions, Legal, Finance, Investments, and Human Resources. Sandy leads a team of cross-functional communicators who drive all aspects of internal and external communications, including issues and crisis management, reputation and thought leadership, local and national media relations, corporate social responsibility, and meetings and events.
Prior to joining Guardian, Sandy served as Vice President of CEO & Enterprise Communications at CVS Health. She was responsible for the CEO’s internal and external executive thought leadership as well as communications for Enterprise initiatives such as culture, digital transformation, and innovation. From January through April 2020, Sandy served as CVS Health’s interim Chief Communications Officer and during that period led the enterprise communication strategy for all stakeholders, including the company’s COVID-19 communications.
Sandy joined CVS Health from Novartis where she spent eight years in various roles in the pharmaceutical and medical device/eye care divisions, culminating with her serving as the Global Head of Communications for Drug Development where she acted as communications counsel to Novartis' Chief Medical and Scientific Officer and current CEO.
Sandy serves as a Trustee on the Board of The Jackson Laboratory, an independent, non-profit biomedical research institution and a leader in mammalian genetics and human genomics research. She is also an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated and The Links, Incorporated, two of the oldest and most prominent historically Black service organizations.
Sandy spent her early career as an attorney practicing employment law. She received her B.A. in Philosophy from Spelman College and her J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law.