Sammons Financial Group announces new vice president of Annuity Product Development


Jill Esser is joining Sammons Financial Group (SFG) as the vice president, annuity product development.

In her role with SFG, Esser will be in charge of the fixed indexed annuity product development and pricing. She will be responsible to both Sammons Independent Annuity Group and Sammons Institutional Group.  

Rob TeKolste, president of the Sammons Independent Annuity Group, called Esser a “well-versed professional” that comes with a proven track record of leading initiatives to success.

“Her extensive knowledge in all aspects of product development will bring great value to our organization,” TeKolste said.


Esser will be taking care of getting key internal and external stakeholders more engaged. She will also be responsible for identifying new fixed annuity products, enhancements, and services. She will confer with product implementation, sales, marketing and legal teams of SFG.

Esser's background includes time as the vice president of product development for Athene. She is also a fellow in the Society of Actuaries as well as a member of the Academy of Actuaries. 

She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in statistics from Iowa State University. 

Sammons Financial Group is made up of group companies North American and Midland National.  

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