Ben Richer, Rich Millard, Alex Goins, Amber Williams and Thomas Watson join the company’s Corporate Leadership Group.

06 May 2022

RADNOR, Pa., May 6, 2022 – Lincoln Financial Group (NYSE:LNC) recently announced five appointments to its Corporate Leadership Group from the Investments and Risk organization, led by Jayson Bronchetti, Chief Investment Officer and Head of Risk.

Ben Richer has been named head of Funds Management; Rich Millard, CFA, CAIA has been promoted to head of Fixed Income; Alex Goins has been promoted to head of Alternative Investments; and Amber Williams, CFA, has been promoted to head of Client Investments Strategies. Thomas Watson has been promoted to head of Risk IT. Richer, Williams, Millard, and Goins will report to Bronchetti. Watson will report to Carey Hobbs, senior vice president and Chief Risk Officer.

“We have outstanding talent, great connectivity and deep relationships across the Investments and Risk organization,” said Ellen Cooper, CEO-Elect, Lincoln Financial Group. “As Jayson and Carey continue to build their leadership teams, these appointments further elevate the company as a highly trusted advisor and partner to employees, shareholders and Lincoln’s Board of Directors.”

As head of Funds Management, Ben Richer plays a critical role in advancing Lincoln’s Funds Management strategy. Previously, he served as head of Funds Strategy & Analytics and was responsible for overseeing the solutions development and menu construction processes as well as fund analytics and reporting for Funds Management.

As head of Fixed Income, Rich Millard, CFA, CAIA is responsible for managing Lincoln’s General Account fixed income investment strategy and engaging with asset managers across its public corporate, structured credit and private debt portfolios. He joined Lincoln in 1996 as a private placement analyst at our predecessor company Jefferson Pilot Life in Greensboro. He has since served in various senior investment roles, most recently as head of Private Debt Strategies, which he has successfully expanded to drive incremental yield and diversification to our General Account portfolio.

In the head of Alternative Investments role, Alex Goins manages Lincoln’s investment strategy across its private equity, venture capital, real assets, and hedge fund portfolios. Goins has contributed to the steady growth, exceptional returns and thoughtful construction of our alternative investment portfolio over the past six years.

Amber Williams, CFA has joined the Investments leadership team as senior vice president and head of Client Investment Strategies. Her team continues to expand its reach across all of Lincoln’s distribution channels and client-facing professionals. Since starting at Lincoln in 2019, Williams has expanded the team’s reach to support Lincoln’s business lines and established a differentiated thought leadership program that maximizes the value of Lincoln’s unique multi-manager platform.

“We continue to focus on providing professional growth and development opportunities for our deep bench of talent across Lincoln,” said Bronchetti. “Within our Investments organization, Ben, Amber, Rich and Alex will support Lincoln as we strive to be the most highly regarded and trusted partner in insurance investment management by delivering optimal risk-adjusted returns for our customers and shareholders.”

In his elevated and expanded role as head of Risk IT, Watson is centralizing and expanding his mandate to provide technological support to risk reporting, credit risk modeling, enterprise risk data management and enterprise risk appetite. He is also leading the implementation of a technology-enabled and low-touch enterprise risk hub that will make Risk’s interactions with the lines of business simpler. Thomas joined Lincoln in 2014 to lead Risk Systems, a leading technology function supporting Lincoln’s hedging program. In the ensuing years, Thomas built a strong team and even stronger technology stack supporting the hedging, product and reserving in all business lines.

“As the industry continues to innovate and evolve, we are committed to concentrating on our risk technology needs to build upon our proven track record of delivering cutting-edge technological solutions,” said Hobbs. “I’m confident Thomas and the team will continue to provide holistic support to position Lincoln for future growth and continued success.”

About Lincoln Financial Group

Lincoln Financial Group provides advice and solutions that help people take charge of their financial lives with confidence and optimism. Today, approximately 16 million customers trust our retirement, insurance and wealth protection expertise to help address their lifestyle, savings and income goals, and guard against long-term care expenses. Headquartered in Radnor, Pennsylvania, Lincoln Financial Group is the marketing name for Lincoln National Corporation (NYSE:LNC) and its affiliates. The company had $308 billion in end-of-period account values as of March 31, 2022. Lincoln Financial Group is a committed corporate citizen included on major sustainability indices including the Dow Jones Sustainability Index North America and FTSE4Good and ranks among Newsweek’s Most Responsible Companies. Dedicated to diversity, equity and inclusion, we are included on transparency benchmarking tools such as the Corporate Equality Index, the Disability Equality Index and the Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index. Committed to providing our employees with flexible work arrangements, we were named to FlexJobs’ list of the Top 100 Companies to Watch for Remote Jobs in 2022. With a long and rich legacy of acting ethically, telling the truth and speaking up for what is right, Lincoln was recognized as one of Ethisphere’s 2022 World’s Most Ethical Companies®. Learn more at: Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram. Sign up for email alerts at

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