Our Leaders

A wealth of experience

The Principal Board of Directors and Senior Management represent a diverse array of industries and credentials, as well as an overarching commitment to community involvement.

Our leaders strive to uphold the Principal Financial Group history of ethics and integrity, creating a top-down commitment to corporate responsibility and driving our mission to help people and businesses achieve financial security and success.

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Meet our leadership team

Principal Financial Group is led by Larry Zimpleman, Chairman, and Dan Houston, President and CEO. Mr. Zimpleman first joined the company as an actuarial intern in 1971 and became a member of the Senior Management team over 15 years ago. Mr. Houston joined the company in 1984 and has been a member of the Senior Management team since 2000. 

The full board of directors for Principal Financial Group, Inc., Principal Financial Services, Inc., and Principal Life Insurance Company include:

  • Betsy J. Bernard, Past President - AT&T
  • Jocelyn Carter-Miller, President - TechEd Ventures
  • Gary E. Costley, Retired Chairman and Chief Executive Officer - International Multifoods Corporation
  • Michael T. Dan, Retired Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer - The Brink's Company
  • Dennis H. Ferro, Retired President and Chief Executive Officer - Evergreen Investment Management Company
  • C. Daniel Gelatt, President - NMT Corporation
  • Sandra L. Helton, Past Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer - Telephone and Data Systems, Inc.
  • Roger C. Hochschild, President and Chief Operating Officer - Discover Financial Services 
  • Daniel J. Houston, President and Chief Executive Officer - Principal Financial Group
  • Blair C. Pickerell, Retired Chairman, Asia - Nikko Asset Management Hong Kong, Ltd.
  • Elizabeth E. Tallett, Past Principal - Hunter Partners, LLC; Independent Consultant
  • Larry D. Zimpleman, Chairman - Principal Financial Group

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Senior management includes:

  • Daniel J. Houston, President and Chief Executive Officer
  • Nora M. Everett, President of Retirement and Investor Services and Chairman of Principal Funds
  • James P. McCaughan, President, Global Asset Management and Chief Executive Officer, Principal Global Investors
  • Deanna D. Strable, President, U.S. Insurance Solutions
  • Luis Valdés, President, Principal International
  • Timothy M. Dunbar, Executive Vice President and Chief Investment Officer
  • Terrance J. Lillis, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
  • Gary P. Scholten, Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer
  • Karen E. Shaff, Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary
  • Rex Auyeung, Chairman, Principal Financial Group – Asia
  • David M. Blake, Senior Executive Director and Head Global Fixed Income
  • Elizabeth S. Brady, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer
  • Ned A. Burmeister, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Principal International
  • Gregory J. Burrows, Senior Vice President, Retirement and Investor Services
  • Gregory B. Elming, Senior Vice President and Chief Risk Officer
  • Amy C. Friedrich, Senior Vice President – Specialty Benefits Division
  • Patrick G. Halter, Senior Executive Director of Principal Real Estate Investors
  • Julia M. Lawler, Senior Executive Director – Multi-Asset Allocation
  • Gregory A. Linde, Senior Vice President – Individual Life
  • Barbara A. McKenzie, Senior Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer – Boutique Operations
  • Dennis Menken, Senior Vice President and Chief Investment Officer – Principal Life Insurance Company
  • Gerald W. Patterson, Senior Vice President, Retirement and Investor Services
  • Elizabeth L. Raymond, Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer
  • Angela R. Sanders, Senior Vice President and Controller
  • Ellen W. Shumway, Senior Executive Director - Strategy and Boutique Operations
  • Roberto Walker, Senior Vice President and President, Principal Financial Group – Latin America

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"The Board believes that succession planning for the future leadership of the company is one of its most important roles."

Elizabeth E. Tallett, Lead Director, Des Moines, IA