PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 20, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Lincoln Financial Network (LFN), the retail distribution division of Lincoln Financial Group (NYSE: LNC), announced today that John DiMonda, Managing Director for the Metro New York/ New Jersey and North Central Ohio Regional Planning Groups, has been appointed Senior Vice President and Head of Lincoln Financial Advisors Corp. (LFA), and will assume his new role January 7, 2013. DiMonda will report to President of Lincoln Financial Network, David S. Berkowitz, and will lead strategic efforts to further grow LFA's business through its enhanced planning and wealth management offerings designed to help independent financial advisors better serve their clients. Furthermore, he will become a member of the LFN Executive Committee and the Corporate Leadership Group of Lincoln Financial Group. "John brings a wealth of industry knowledge, a passion for LFA's planning culture, and a track record for achieving results," said Berkowitz. "He has an excellent reputation for leading with great optimism and a clear vision of the future, and is well equipped to lead the LFA field organization." With more than twenty years of financial services experience, DiMonda started his career with Lincoln in 2003 as LFA's Managing Principal for the New Jersey Regional Planning Group. In 2004, he was named Managing Director for the Metro New York/ New Jersey region and assumed the role for both the Metro NY/NJ and North Central Ohio Regional Planning Groups in 2008. Prior to joining Lincoln, DiMonda was a Managing Director for Veravest Investments, a division of Allmerica Financial in New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania. DiMonda is a registered representative of Lincoln Financial Advisors Corp. and holds the designations of Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU), Chartered Mutual Fund Counselor (CMFC), Life Underwriters Training Council Fellowship (LUTCF). He is registered as both a Securities Principal and an Options Principal and holds FINRA Series 7, 9, 10, 24, 63, and 65 registrations.