The Lincoln Financial Group has named Lisa Marie DeSimone to the position of vice president of corporate development, effective April 1. She was previously a senior vice president and senior financial services officer at Lincoln's affiliate Delaware Investments.DeSimone will report to Chief Financial Officer Fred Crawford and will be responsible for sourcing, evaluating and executing merger, acquisition and divestiture activities."With her knowledge of Lincoln Financial and background in both the insurance and asset management industries, Lisa is an ideal fit for this position and will play an instrumental part in executing our growth strategy across business lines," said Crawford.DeSimone previously worked for Smith Barney/Citigroup, as well as the A.M. Best Company and The Metropolitan Life Insurance Company. She has a bachelor's degree in finance from The Pennsylvania State University and an MBA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

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