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Sean O’Connell, CFA®

Senior Vice President and Chief Investment Officer; President and Chief Executive Officer, Securian Asset Management

Sean serves as chief investment officer for Securian Financial and is also the head of our subsidiary, Securian Asset Management.


Sean joined Securian Financial in 1993 as a senior analyst, specializing in real estate-related investments. He was promoted to second vice president in 2003 and during his tenure, he has developed expertise in a variety of asset classes and managed analysts covering real estate, structured finance research, and security recommendations for our General Account.

Sean assumed the day-to-day management and oversight of the General Account assets of both Minnesota Life Insurance Company and Securian Life Insurance Company in 2020 and was named a senior vice president in 2021.


  • Master of Science, real estate appraisal and investment analysis, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Bachelor of Science, agricultural economics, University of Wisconsin-Madison


  • Charterholder, CFA Institute
  • Member, CFA Society of Minnesota


Sean serves on the board for Catholic Charities of St. Paul and Minneapolis.

Securian Asset Management, Inc. is a subsidiary of Securian Financial Group, Inc.

DOFU 10-2022