FBL Financial Group’s board of directors has appointed Daniel Pitcher as the company’s chief executive officer, effective Jan. 1. He will succeed current CEO Jim Brannen, who previously announced plans to retire in early 2020. Pitcher is currently the company’s chief operating officer for property casualty companies.

“This appointment is part of an orderly succession plan that we have in place at FBL Financial Group,” FBL Chairman Craig Hill said in a news release. “Dan is a proven FBL leader who brings strong operational experience and a commitment to the Farm Bureau niche marketplace and our multiline exclusive agents. The board is confident that we have chosen the right strategic leader for FBL Financial Group and expect a smooth transition.”

Pitcher, 57, has held his current role since 2011. Prior to his current position, he held various property casualty operations and information system roles since joining FBL Financial Group in 1998. Before joining FBL, Pitcher spent 14 years with Nationwide/Allied Insurance. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Drake University, and the Fellow, Life Management Institute certification. He is a member of the United Way of Central Iowa board of directors.