Lincoln Financial Group recruits new top lawyer

Dec 18, 2018
Leon Roday previously worked at Genworth Financial and GE Financial Assurance

Lincoln Financial Group has hired Leon Roday to serve as executive vice president and general counsel, effective December 14.

Roday replaces Kirkland Hicks, who resigned the general counsel position after deciding to take a mid-career break to travel abroad, according to a spokesperson.

In his new role, Roday reports directly to president and CEO Dennis Glass and sits on the company’s senior management committee. He oversees all activities for the legal, compliance, government relations and corporate secretary functions of the company, and provides strategic counsel to the CEO, senior management team and board of directors.

Roday most recently worked for Genworth Financial and GE Financial Assurance, where he served as general counsel, executive vice president and secretary to the board for almost 20 years. Before that he was a partner with LeBoeuf Lamb Greene & McCrae, where he specialized in insurance, litigation and corporate transactions.

Lincoln Financial Group is the marketing name of Lincoln National Corporation. The Radnor, Pennsylvania-based firm offers retirement, insurance and wealth-protection services.

‘Leon is a well-known, highly regarded and accomplished legal professional possessing deep expertise as a corporate general counsel in our industry, as well as an extensive background in litigation, compliance, regulatory risk, securities and M&A,’ Glass says in a statement. ‘He is also a strategic leader who I know will make a significant contribution to our legal team and to Lincoln.’

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