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Securian Financial

Karen Leighton

Vice President and Chief Transformation Officer

Karen leads our Operating Model and Culture Transformation (OMCT) initiative, a key strategic priority for our company. She also oversees several enterprise areas, including our internal consulting and enterprise continuous process improvement and measurement teams, project management best practices, and enterprise project portfolio management. Karen is also the executive advisor to the Securian Multicultural Network.


Karen joined Securian Financial in 1986 as part of our management development program. For the next several years, she managed teams within Group Insurance.

In 2005, Karen began managing our internal consulting team and Management Development Center. She was promoted to director of Management Services in 2007, second vice president in 2009 and vice president of corporate services in 2018. Her contributions to the company have also included co-leading our operational excellence process improvement initiatives.


  • Bachelor of Arts in organizational communications, English writing and psychology, Concordia College, Moorhead, Minnesota


Karen has served in numerous capacities at her alma mater, Concordia College, including National Alumni Board member, women’s alumnae event planner, student mentor and event emcee. She has also been a member of her church council and endowment board.


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