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Facebook’s senior benefits director, Renee Albert, has been named EBN’s 2018 Benefits Professional of the Year.

Since Albert joined the social media giant about five years ago, she has led the company to catch up on its traditional benefits by instituting a 401(k) match and beefing up medical and life insurance options, as well as focusing attention on quality of life and family benefits including caregiving, fertility benefits, paid leave and bereavement policies.

“Candidly, I feel so very blessed to be able to be a part of a community here at Facebook that allows me to show my passion and love for benefits through the benefit programs we can develop for our people,” she says.

Albert is one of four recipients of Employee Benefit News’ Benny Awards, which recognize individuals for excellence in the employee benefits/human resources field. The other winners are:

Benefits Leadership in Healthcare: Candace Shaffer, director of benefits at Purdue University

Benefits Leadership in Retirement: Jodi Budnick, senior vice president of talent at Optanix

Judges’ Choice: Milt Ezzard, vice president of global benefits at Activision Blizzard

EBN’s Benny Award winners will be recognized at the 2018 Benefits Forum and Expo, which will be held Sept. 24-26 in New Orleans. Winners will also be profiled in early September.

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