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Sean O’Connell, CFA®

Senior Vice President and Chief Investment Officer

As the Chief Investment Officer (CIO) for Securian Asset Management, the primary investment asset management subsidiary of Securian Financial Group, Sean is responsible for the day-to-day oversight of the General Account assets for Minnesota Life Insurance Company and Securian Life Insurance Company. Sean also serves as senior vice president for Securian Financial Group and is part of its executive leadership team.


Sean joined Securian Financial in 1993 as a senior analyst, specializing in real estate-related investments. He was named an officer and second vice president of Securian Financial 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 was promoted to CIO of both Minnesota Life Insurance Company and Securian Life Insurance Company in 2020, and appointed president of Securian Asset Management in 2021. He held this role through the end of last year and continues as our CIO.


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


  • Member, 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