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Retirement Security Lecture and Dinner to Be Offered Oct. 18 at OU

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Retirement Security Lecture and Dinner to Be Offered Oct. 18 at OU

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Robert L. Reynolds, president and chief executive officer of Putnam Investments, is the featured speaker in an upcoming lecture and dinner being offered to the public on Friday, Oct. 18.

Reynolds’ lecture, From Here to Security: A Discussion of Retirement Security in the U.S., will be preceded by a reception at 5:30 p.m. Dinner is scheduled for 6 p.m., followed by Reynolds’ presentation at 6:45 p.m. The event will be held at the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History, 2401 Chautauqua Ave., in Norman.

The presentation and meal are complimentary to the public with a reservation, which is available online at or by phone at (405) 325-5591 through Sunday, Oct. 13. The event is hosted by the Oklahoma Bankers Chair in Finance and the Center for Financial Studies at the University of Oklahoma’s Michael F. Price College of Business.

“With declining, even negative, interest rates seriously threatening defined benefit plans like our own pensions, and potential cuts to Social Security in our future, retirement security is a red-hot topic, both personally and from a business and research standpoint,” said Chitru Fernando, the Rainbolt Chair and Professor of Finance at the Price College of Business. “We hope those worried about being able to retire with financial security will be sure to sign up for the event. Robert Reynolds is widely considered to be the nation’s foremost expert on retirement security.”

Fernando also is the director of the Division of Finance and director of the Center for Financial Studies.

Reynolds is president and CEO of Putnam Investments, president of Putnam Funds, and a member of Putnam’s operating committee. Building upon a distinguished 30-year career, Reynolds has revitalized Putnam through strong, sustained investment performance, new products designed for today’s market challenges, and thought leadership on the future of retirement and workplace savings. Respected as an industry statesman, Reynolds is regarded as a driving force of innovation and progress in institutional and retail financial services.

Reynolds is president and CEO of Great-West Financial, one of the nation’s top providers of retirement savings products and services, life insurance, annuities, and executive benefits products. Prior to joining Putnam in 2008, he was vice chairman and CEO of Fidelity Investments.

Reynolds has earned multiple industry honors. He was named Fund Leader of the Year at the Mutual Fund Industry Awards in 2010 for the strategic improvements he initiated at Putnam. The following year, under the leadership of Reynolds, Putnam was honored as Retirement Leader of the Year for initiatives and innovative solutions in the workplace savings arena. Reynolds also has received a Lifetime Achievement Award from PLANSPONSOR magazine for popularizing employer-sponsored 401(k) plans. He is the author of From Here to Security: How Workplace Savings Can Keep America’s Promise.

Reynolds earned a bachelor of science degree in business administration, finance, from West Virginia University, where he also received an Honorary Doctorate in business administration and a Distinguished Alumni Award. In addition, Reynolds is a recipient of the Boston College President’s Medal of Excellence and the Manhattan College De La Salle Medal.

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