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 is led by Dan Houston, Chairman, President and CEO. 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:

  • Jonathan S. Auerbach, Executive Vice President, Chief Strategy, Growth and Data Officer - PayPal, Inc.
  • Jocelyn Carter-Miller, President - TechEd Ventures
  • Michael T. Dan, Retired Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer - The Brink's Company
  • Sandra L. Helton, Past Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer - Telephone and Data Systems, Inc.
  • Roger C. Hochschild, Chief Executive Officer and President - Discover Financial Services 
  • Daniel J. Houston, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer - Principal Financial Group
  • Scott M. Mills, President - BET Networks
  • Diane C. Nordin, Former Partner - Wellington Management Company, LLP
  • Blair C. Pickerell, Retired Chairman, Asia - Nikko Asset Management Hong Kong, Ltd.
  • Clare S. Richer, Retired; Former Chief Financial Officer - Putnam Investments
  • Elizabeth E. Tallett, Past Principal - Hunter Partners, LLC; Independent Consultant

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Senior management includes:

  • Daniel J. Houston, Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer
  • Timothy M. Dunbar, President – Principal Global Asset Management
  • Amy C. Friedrich, President – U.S. Insurance Solutions
  • Renee Schaaf , President – Retirement and Income Solutions
  • Luis Valdés, President and Chief Executive Officer – Principal International
  • Patrick G. Halter, Chief Executive Officer and President – Principal Global Investors
  • Julia M. Lawler, Executive Vice President and Chief Risk Officer
  • Christopher J. Littlefield, Executive Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary
  • Deanna D. Strable, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
  • Pedro E. Borda, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer – Principal International
  • Nicholas M. Cecere, Senior Vice President - U.S. Insurance Solutions Distribution
  • Thomas Cheong , Senior Vice President and President – Principal Asia
  • Jon N. Couture, Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer
  • Elizabeth B. (Betsy) Happe, Senior Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer
  • Kara Hoogensen , Senior Vice President – Specialty Benefits
  • Kathleen B. Kay, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer
  • Mark S. Lagomarcino, Senior Vice President and Deputy General Counsel
  • Gregory A. Linde, Senior Vice President – Individual Life
  • Dennis Menken, Senior Vice President and Chief Investment Officer – Principal Life Insurance Company
  • Gerald W. Patterson, Senior Vice President – Retirement and Income Solutions
  • Srinivas D. Reddy, Senior Vice President – Retirement and Income Solutions
  • Angela R. Sanders, Senior Vice President and Controller
  • Leanne M. Valentine, Senior Vice President and Deputy General Counsel 
  • Roberto Walker, Senior Vice President and President, Principal Financial Group – Latin America
  • Beth Wood, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer
  • David M. Blake, Senior Executive Director – Fixed Income
  • Barbara A. McKenzie, Senior Executive Director – Investments
  • Ellen W. Shumway, Senior Executive Director – Strategy and Investments for Principal Global Investors

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Corporate governance at Principal

We believe responsible leadership is more than just a catchphrase.

Remembering J. Barry Griswell

We lost an extraordinary member of the Principal family this month: J. Barry Griswell—retired chairman, president and CEO.

Read more about Barry

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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

Former Lead Director

Des Moines, IA