Chairman, President & CEO, Principal Financial Group, Inc.
Zimpleman joined the company in 1971 as a part-time actuarial student and became a full-time actuary in 1973. From 1976 to 1997 he served in various management and leadership positions in the Pension department. He was named vice president in 1997, senior vice president in 1999, executive vice president in 2001, president of Retirement and Investor Services in 2003, and president and chief operating officer in 2006. A native of Williamsburg, Iowa, Zimpleman received his BS in business administration from Drake University in 1973 and his MBA from Drake in 1977. He became a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries in 1976, and is a past president and member of the Board of Governors of the Society. Zimpleman is past chair of the board of trustees for the Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI) and past president and board chair of the American Academy of Actuaries. He was named an Actuarial Foundation Trustee in 1999, is a member of the Actuarial Club of Des Moines and chairs the American Council of Life Insurers’ Harris Trust Committee. He was a delegate at the 2002 and 2006 National Summit on Retirement Savings hosted by President Bush and the Secretary of Labor.