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The Standard Names Ben Wacker Assistant Vice President and Individual Annuities Actuary
The Standard announced that Ben Wacker has been named assistant vice president and Individual Annuities actuary. In his new role, Wacker leads the Individual Annuities actuarial team at The Standard.
Wacker has 13 years of experience in financial services. Most recently he was chief actuary at Northstar Financial Services. Prior to his work at Northstar, he was director of financial reporting at Athene and served as an assistant vice president at Ability Re. Ben began his career as an actuarial associate at The Principal Financial Group. He also co-founded ACE Manuals, a firm that assists actuaries in learning the content they need to pass professional examinations.
“Ben brings a great blend of actuarial expertise and entrepreneurial experience,” said Chris Conklin, vice president of Individual Annuities at The Standard. “We're very excited about what the future holds for Individual Annuities with the addition of Ben to our leadership team.”
Wacker earned his bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Wacker has been a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries, or FSA, since 2007, and is a member of the American Academy of Actuaries.
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