Dave Cirulis Joins Lincoln as Head of Voluntary Marketplace Strategy

Oct 07, 2010, 10:30 ET from Lincoln Financial Group

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 7 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The Group Protection segment of Lincoln National Corporation (NYSE: LNC) today announced that Dave Cirulis has joined Lincoln Financial Group as Head of Voluntary Marketplace Strategy for Distribution. Cirulis will direct the overall strategy for Lincoln's group distribution, to maximize the company's impact in the group voluntary market. Cirulis reports directly to Vice President, Group Protection Sales, Robert Risk.

"Lincoln Financial re-launched its voluntary business recently, with new products, enrollment, service and technology capabilities that will help Lincoln be a top-5 player in this market. Making an impact in the voluntary space is the key to Lincoln's continued growth and success," said Bob Risk, Vice President, Group Protection Sales. "We are excited to leverage Dave's strategic strengths in directing and executing our voluntary distribution strategy."

Cirulis joins Lincoln Financial with more than 25 years of sales and marketing experience within the financial services sector. Most recently, he was the Vice President of Sales & Marketing at Trustmark Voluntary Benefit Solutions. Prior to his position at Trustmark, Cirulis was a Consultant for five years. During this time he led Gallagher Benefit Services' Voluntary initiative for three years, and was Executive Product manager at American Sterling Insurances Services for two years. Cirulis spent the first 14 years of his career at UNUM, where he managed offices in Kansas City, Cranford, and Milwaukee. Cirulis holds a B.B.A. degree from University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

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