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Securian Financial names Renee Montz general counsel and corporate secretary

ST. PAUL, Minn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Securian Financial has hired Renee Montz as senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary, reporting to chairman, president and CEO Chris Hilger.

Montz is succeeding Gary Christensen, who is retiring after a distinguished 37-year career with the company.

“I am excited to welcome Renee Montz to Securian Financial,” said Hilger. “Renee’s values and impressive experience make her the perfect addition to our executive leadership team. Our company and industry continue to navigate rapid change—and the evolving legal and regulatory environment that comes along with it.”

Montz has 25 years of legal experience in insurance, securities, sales distribution, mergers and acquisitions, regulatory issues and board governance. She joins Securian Financial after working seven years for American Equity Investment Life Holding Company, a retirement income provider in Des Moines, Iowa. She served as executive vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary from 2016 to 2021. Previously, Montz held various legal roles over 10 years at Aegon USA Investment Management, including general counsel.

Montz earned her bachelor’s degree from Iowa State University and her juris doctor degree from the University of Iowa College of Law. She serves on the boards of directors for the Association of Life Insurance Counsel, the Des Moines Arts Center and Women Lead Change.

Christensen joined Securian Financial in 1984, serving in increasingly responsible roles, including nearly 10 years as senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary. He will remain with the company as an executive legal advisor until his retirement at the end of the year.

“On behalf of everyone at Securian Financial, I thank Gary for his many achievements and dedication to the company. We wish him well in his retirement,” said Hilger.

About Securian Financial

At Securian Financial, we’re here for family. And we’re here because of it. We’re guided by our purpose: helping customers build secure tomorrows. Since 1880, we’ve been building a uniquely diversified company that has outlasted economic ups and downs while staying true to our customers. We’re committed to the markets we serve, providing insurance, investment and retirement solutions that give families the confidence to focus on what’s truly valuable: banking memories with those who matter most.


Securian Financial is the marketing name for Securian Financial Group, Inc. and its subsidiaries. Insurance products are issued by its subsidiary insurance companies, including Minnesota Life Insurance Company and Securian Life Insurance Company, a New York authorized insurer. Securities and investment advisory services offered through Securian Financial Services, Inc., registered investment advisor, member FINRA/SIPC.

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