Jed Pendley, a native Salt Laker and graduate of Cottonwood High School, has been appointed assistant regional director of agencies for Northwestern Mutual Life in Milwaukee, Wis.

Pendley, a son of Charles S. Pendley of Salt Lake City, will act as a liaison, providing contact between the home office and the company's general agency system.He joined Northwestern in 1983 as a full-time agent in Salt Lake City, was appointed agency supervisor in 1984 and field director/agency supervisor in 1987. The 35-year-old Pendley studied business at the University of Utah.