Lincoln Financial Group has appointed Steve Harris as senior vice president and chief ethics and compliance officer, effective April 17.

He reports directly to Kirkland Hicks, executive vice president and general counsel, who joined Lincoln Financial in December 2015 and has been focused on enhancing the legal department since his arrival.

In his new role, Harris will lead Lincoln Financial’s enterprise compliance team, ensuring a comprehensive and effective program that is aligned across the company’s various businesses. Prior to joining Lincoln Financial, Harris most recently served as vice president and corporate chief compliance officer for The Hartford Financial Services Group, where he had also previously held a variety of senior roles within the company’s employment law unit.

Harris’ appointment follows the January 2017 hiring of Andrea Goodrich as senior vice president and corporate secretary.