ST. PAUL, Minn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Securian Financial Group’s president and CEO Christopher M. Hilger is succeeding Robert L. Senkler—the company’s former CEO—as chair of the board of directors.
On Monday, Securian’s board of directors named Hilger the new chair effective today. Hilger succeeded Senkler as the 13th CEO in Securian’s 137-year history on January 1, 2015.
“This move demonstrates the confidence the board has in Chris’ leadership and the direction he is taking the company,” said Senkler, who was Securian’s CEO for 20 years and will continue to serve as a member of the board. “Securian is fortunate to have someone of Chris’ ability leading the organization and carrying on our longstanding commitment to the community.”
A 30-year veteran of the insurance industry, Hilger joined Securian’s management team in 2004 when the company purchased Allied Solutions, LLC of Indianapolis, Indiana, which distributes insurance products and services to financial institutions. He was subsequently named senior vice president of Securian’s financial institution business. In 2010, he was promoted to executive vice president, with the company’s group insurance business added to his responsibilities. In 2012, Hilger was named president and responsible for all of Securian’s businesses.
“I am humbled by the board’s vote of confidence and honored to lead a company rooted in values and driven by purpose,” said Hilger. “This is an exciting time for Securian, with our company continuing to grow and multiple strategic business initiatives moving forward. We have a very bright future ahead.”
Hilger, 52, and his wife, Ann, live in St. Paul and have three adult children. Born in St. Paul and raised in Indianapolis, he earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from Indiana University. Hilger chairs the boards of The Saint Paul and Minnesota Community Foundations.
ABOUT SECURIAN FINANCIAL GROUP
Since 1880, Securian Financial Group and its affiliates have provided financial security for individuals and businesses in the form of insurance, investments and retirement plans. Now one of the nation’s largest financial services providers, Securian is the holding company parent of a group of companies that offer a broad range of financial services.