Securian Financial elects two to its board

Securian Financial, St. Paul, elected two new board members at its June board meeting. Securian elected Ben Fowke, chairman, president, CEO of Minneapolis-based Xcel Energy, and Kevin Warren, chief operating officer of the Minnesota Vikings.

YMCA names seven new board members

YMCA Greater Twin Cities, Minneapolis, elected seven new members to its board of directors: Marcus Fischer, president and CEO of Carmichael Lynch; Bill George, Senior Fellow of Harvard Business School; James Hereford, president and CEO of Fairview Health Services; Greg Munson, managing principal/City Lead, Transwestern; Andrea Walsh, president and CEO of HealthPartners; Walter White, president and CEO of Allianz North America; Norman Wright, chief of operations of Optum. Newly elected YMCA board members serve three-year terms.

Christopher & Banks names Bundy CFO

Christopher & Banks Corp., Plymouth, has named Richard Bundy as senior vice president and chief financial officer. Bundy, most recently a vice president of brand finance and strategy at specialty women’s retail company Chicos FAS Inc., is expected to start July 9.

Marc Ungerman, who was serving as interim CFO for Christopher & Banks, will continue his role as vice president and controller.
Piper expands fixed-income services

Piper Jaffray Cos., Minneapolis, is expanding its fixed-income services for its high-net-worth private clients and has hired Pat Toutant as a principal in fixed-income services and a manager of the Piper Jaffray private client fixed-income platform.
Toutant has 40 years of industry experience and was most recently with Golden Valley-based Oak Ridge Financial. He has also worked at Stifel Nicolaus and has previous work experience with Piper Jaffray.

Mergers and acquisitions

Acendas Travel acquires S.D. travel agency

Acendas Travel, Minneapolis and Kansas City, Mo., has acquired Travel Partners, a Sioux Falls, S.D., vacation travel agency. Acendas was founded in 1982 in Kansas City but has acquired a number of Minnesota travel agencies including deals in 2010, 2012, 2013 and most recently Edina Travel in 2016.

Travel Partners will maintain its name and remain a standalone agency. Previous owner Mary Jo Nelson will continue to manage the office.