Daniel J. Houston, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, and President, Principal, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, and President, Principal

Daniel J. Houston

Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, and President


Daniel J. Houston is Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, and President of the Principal Financial Group®. He is responsible for overall management of the company.

Houston joined the company in 1984 in Dallas. He has held several management positions, being named senior vice president in 2000, executive vice president in 2006 and president of Retirement and Investor Services in 2008. He was named president and chief operating officer in 2014, Chief Executive Officer in 2015, and assumed the role of Chairman in May, 2016.

Houston is a member of several boards, including Greater Des Moines Partnership, Employee Benefits Research Institute (EBRI), American Council of Life Insurers (ACLI), Financial Services Roundtable (FSR), Iowa State University Business School Dean’s Advisory Council, Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA), and co-chair with Iowa Governor Reynolds of Future Ready Iowa.

Houston received his bachelor's degree from Iowa State University in 1984. He has appeared before the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging to discuss the importance of educating the workforce about the financial needs in retirement. Houston joined the joint forum of U.S. Senate Committees on Finance and Health, Education, Labor and Pensions to discuss “Private-Sector Retirement Savings Plans: What Does the Future Hold?” He also authored a chapter in “The Upside of Aging” published by John Wiley & Sons in 2014, on the keys to achieving financial security in retirement.

About the Principal Financial Group

The Principal Financial Group® (The Principal®) is a global investment management leader offering retirement services, insurance solutions and asset management. The Principal offers businesses, individuals and institutional clients a wide range of financial products and services, including retirement, asset management and insurance through its diverse family of financial services companies. Founded in 1879 and a member of the FORTUNE 500®, the Principal Financial Group has $539.9 billion in assets under management and serves some 20.1 million customers worldwide from offices in Asia, Australia, Europe, Latin America and the United States. Principal Financial Group, Inc. is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol PFG. For more information, visit www.principal.com.