Anne Cooper
Senior Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer

Anne Cooper, PhD, is senior vice president and chief human resources officer for Sammons Financial Group.

In this role, Anne oversees all aspects of human resources strategy and execution at Sammons Financial Group and is a member of the senior executive team. Her primary focus is on sustaining a healthy, high-performing culture and a values-based work environment.

Prior to joining Sammons Financial Group in 2013, Anne served as head of human resources for a division of ING/Voya. During her time at ING, she led HR teams and partnered with global businesses, while living in the United States, the Netherlands, and Korea. With over 30 years’ experience in organizational development and human resources, Anne brings a deep knowledge of the industry and a successful history of leadership.

In addition to her position at Sammons Financial Group, Anne serves on the Board of the Iowa/Nebraska Chapter of the American Red Cross, as a board member of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Iowa, and as Chair of the Talent Development Board for Greater Des Moines Partnership. She is a member of American Psychological Association and the Society of Industrial/Organizational Psychologists. Anne completed her undergraduate degree at Western Washington University (WWU) where she received a B.A. in Psychology, and she was inducted into the WWU Athletic Hall of Fame in 2018. She received her M.S. and Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Iowa State University.