Jerry Patterson

Principal Financial Group Senior Vice President

Jerry Patterson is senior vice president, Retirement and Investor Services with the Principal Financial Group®. He is responsible for the retail and institutional annuity businesses, retirement income management strategy and overall accountability for the individual investor business of The Principal®.

Patterson joined the company in 2001 as chief marketing officer in the Life and Health segment. He recently completed a multi-year rotational assignment as Chief Operating Officer of Nippon Life Benefits, based in New York City. Before joining The Principal, he served as senior vice president at Prudential Investments, senior vice president of Annuities at SunAmerica and vice president of marketing at Manulife. He also has experience in tax accounting and tax law with BDO Seidman and Husch & Eppenberger, respectively.

Patterson earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and his law degree from the Drake University Law School. He is a member of both the Missouri and Kansas bars.