Gandhi heads strategic business development at Securian

St. Paul, MN, January 4, 2010 – Siddharth Gandhi joined Securian Financial Group as head of the company’s strategic business development unit. He will be responsible for leading the corporate merger and acquisitions function and providing strategic development expertise to Securian’s business units.

Gandhi has considerable strategy and M&A experience. After stints with Thomson-Reuters and Ameriprise in strategy positions, he joined Wolters Kluwer as a senior director in their financial services division. Gandhi led the analysis and execution of numerous acquisitions and provided business development leadership for new and expanded market opportunities. At Securian, he reports directly to Warren Zaccaro, executive vice president and CFO.

Gandhi, who lives in Blaine, has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and a master’s degree from the University of Minnesota.

Since 1880, Securian Financial Group and its affiliates have provided financial security for individuals and businesses in the form of insurance, investments and retirement plans. Now one of the nation’s largest financial services providers, it is the holding company parent of a group of companies that include Minnesota Life Insurance Company, Advantus Capital Management, Allied Solutions, Capital Financial Group, Cherokee National Life Insurance Company, CNL/Insurance America, Personal Finance Company, Securian Trust Company, Securian Financial Services, Inc., Securian Casualty Company, and Securian Life Insurance Company.

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