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David S. Royal

Thrivent Financial
Chief Investment Officer
Minneapolis, MN, USA

David Royal oversees all investments at Thrivent Financial, including mutual funds, variable products and the general account. His responsibilities include president of Thrivent Asset Management, and president and trustee/director of the Thrivent Mutual Funds and the Thrivent Series Funds.

Prior to being appointed chief investment officer, Royal served as president of Thrivent Mutual Funds and Thrivent Series Funds. He previously served as deputy general counsel of Thrivent Financial and chief legal officer of Thrivent’s mutual funds. Before joining Thrivent in 2006, Royal was a partner at Kirkland & Ellis LLP, an international law firm based in Chicago, where he practiced in the investment management and private equity groups. Since 2008, Royal has served as an adjunct professor at the University of Minnesota Law School, where he teaches investment management law.

Royal received his bachelor of arts degree from Yale College and his juris doctorate from Yale Law School.

Royal served for nine years on the board of the Fairview Foundation, based in Minnesota, where he served as Vice Chair. He also serves as a director of the Children’s Cancer Research Fund in Minneapolis. Royal has served in a variety of leadership positions at his church, Trinity Lutheran Church in Long Lake, Minnesota.

He lives in Orono, Minnesota with his wife Stacey and two boys.



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