"Russell Swansen oversees all of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans' investments, including mutual funds, variable products and the general account. Before joining Thrivent Financial in 2003, Russell was a managing director at Colonnade Advisors, LLC, a Chicago investment bank. Prior to Colonnade, he was president of PPM America, Inc., the U.S. registered investment advisory company established in 1990 as a subsidiary of London-based Prudential Portfolio Managers, Ltd. From 1993 to 1998, he was also chairman of Prudential Portfolio Managers (Canada) Ltd., in Toronto. From 1983-1990, Russell was a portfolio manager and later executive vice president of Washington Square Capital, Inc., the investment management subsidiary of ReliaStar Financial Corporation, now a part of ING. Prior to that, he served as an investment officer with U.S. Bancorp. Russell has served on the boards of Network Guidance Company, Putnam Lovell Finance, LePage's Inc., IPM, Inc., Cherrydale Farms, Carolina Steel Corp. and Bucyrus International. He currently serves on the board of the Children's Cancer Research Fund and the board of Intellectual Takeout. He is also a member of the investment committee for the Gustavus Adolphus College Endowment Funds. Russell graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College with a bachelor of arts degree in business and economics. He earned a master's degree from the University Of Minnesota Graduate School Of Business. "