Don Lyons is the chief financial officer of Sammons FinancialSM.
As chief financial officer, Don is responsible for the strategic and operational planning, direction, and alignment of the corporate services divisions: finance and accounting, corporate development, investment management, internal audit, enterprise risk management, and corporate actuarial. Don oversees each unit’s particular strategy and goals, with a distinct focus on executing plans that meet the needs of the operating companies.
Don joined Sammons Financial in 2002 where he started in annuity product development. From there he shifted his focus to reinsurance. He moved into the role of corporate actuary where his responsibility focused on valuation, asset/liability management, corporate modeling, and experience studies. Don became Sammons Financial’s chief financial officer in 2013. Previously, he held positions at ING, Aviva, and USG Annuity & Life with a strong history of annuity product development and asset/liability management.In addition to his position, Don serves as a member of both the Society of Actuaries and the American Academy of Actuaries. He has received the Fellowship of the Society of Actuaries (FSA) designation. Don received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees from Iowa State University.