Principal® Names Clare Stack Richer to Board of Directors

DES MOINES, Iowa–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Principal Financial Group® (Nasdaq: PFG) announced today that Clare Stack Richer, former chief financial officer of Putnam Investments and an experienced financial services executive, has been appointed to the Principal Board of Directors, effective May 26.

“Clare is a valuable addition to our Board having spent more than 35 years in our industry with significant time spent leading business lines, operations, and finance teams,” said Dan Houston, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Principal®. “Her extensive experience in the boardroom today and in the C-suite previously will help guide our business strategies to create long-term value for our customers and shareholders during an important time in our company’s history.”

Richer, 61, also serves as an independent director on the Board of Directors for Bain Capital Specialty Finance Inc. and on the State Street Global Advisors SPDR ETF Mutual Funds Board. In 2017, she retired as chief financial officer for Putnam Investments after spending nine years with the private investment manager. Prior to that, she spent 25 years with Fidelity Investments in a variety of leadership roles including executive vice president of Fidelity Management and Research Company, chief financial officer, and president of Fidelity Investments Life Insurance Company.

Richer also serves on the Board of Trustees for the University of Notre Dame as a member of the Compensation, Investment, Finance, and Audit Committees, and as a board member for the Alzheimer’s Association, MA/NH Chapter. She graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a bachelor’s in Business Administration.

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