Dear Valued Clients and Partners:
It is with mixed emotions I am reaching out to inform you that I plan to retire on July 1, 2021. During my 17 years at the firm, I’ve seen many industry and investment changes. The last few years as President of Securian AM have been some of my most rewarding. Remaining at the firm to see us through the pandemic response was a priority for me. Our associates demonstrated their strength, flexibility, and spirit by continuing to serve clients and our communities well during turbulent times. I am proud that I am leaving Securian AM in a position of strength.
Sean O’Connell, CFA® will take over as CEO, President and Chief Investment Officer. We are fortunate to have an experienced, successful leader in the asset management industry to lead the firm. Sean has been with Securian AM (then Advantus Capital Management) for nearly 30 years and currently serves as Chief Investment Officer for Minnesota Life Insurance Company and Securian Life Insurance Company. He also leads private markets strategies, including commercial mortgage loans, private credit, and alternative investments. Sean’s experience and track record of success will serve our clients and the firm well.
Sean and the rest of the Securian AM team are well prepared for this transition. I am honored to have been part of the team creating value for you and look forward to watching the continued success of our clients, partners, and Securian AM family.