Ellen Z. Lamale retired from her position as senior vice president and chief risk officer (CRO) of The Principal Financial Group (The Principal Financial Group is a registered trademark) (Principal) in March of 2011. Prior to her retirement, she served as senior vice president and CRO of Principal since 2008. Ms. Lamale held executive positions at Principal for more than 10 years, and her responsibilities during her 34 year career at Principal included risk management, financial analysis, capital management, strategic planning, and internal audit. Ms. Lamale has served on several community boards, including West Des Moines Youth Soccer Club, Iowa United Soccer Club, Des Moines Symphony Second Strings, and Des Moines Public Library Foundation. Currently, she is a volunteer with the West Des Moines Youth Justice Initiative.
Ms. Lamale’s involvement in and knowledge of accounting, auditing, finance, and risk management, as indicated by her background, support her qualifications to serve as an Independent Director on our Board of Directors. She currently serves as vice chair of the Executive & Governance Committee.