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Managing Director-Retirement

Buck Consultants L.L.C.


Age: 47

Tamara Shelton joined Buck Consultants 25 years ago immediately after graduating from the University of Texas at Austin. From the beginning, Ms. Shelton has worked with some of the nation's largest corporations in helping them design their pension programs. She has quickly moved up the ranks at Buck. At the age of 29, she was named a principal, the youngest person at Buck to be promoted to that level. She also has been Buck's Dallas office manager and currently is managing director of Buck's retirement practice, its biggest revenue-producing division. She also serves as only one of two women representatives on Buck's Leadership Council. Ms. Shelton is a fellow of the Society of Actuaries, a member of the American Academy of Actuaries and an enrolled actuary.

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