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Gary Kleist

Gary M. Kleist

Senior Vice President and Chief Operations Officer

Gary is a member of Securian Asset Management’s senior management team, providing leadership of the Operations, Data Management and Finance teams. He represents Securian Asset Management on various enterprise committees, including Business Continuation Management, Technology and Financial Planning.


Gary has been active in the financial service industry since 1983. He held the position of Chief Financial Officer for Minnesota Fire and Casualty Co. (Securian affiliate) before joining Securian Asset Management in 1997. He was named Chief Operations Officer and CFO in 2000.


  • Bachelor of Science — Accounting, University of Minnesota


  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA, inactive)

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Gary M. Kleist

Vice President and Chief Operations Officer

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