Chief Executive Officer, Retirement Solutions
Focus: 401(k)/Retirement Plans, Annuities, Broker-Dealer/ING Financial Partners, Financial Planning, Retirement, Women and Retirement
Maliz Beams is chief executive officer of Retirement Solutions at Voya Financial, one of the largest retirement platforms, product and service providers in the United States. In her role, Beams is responsible for strategy, risk management, financial oversight, product development, client service delivery and operation of a retirement business that meets the evolving needs of approximately 48,000 institutional and over five million individual customers. The businesses Beams leads are focused on guiding American’s on their journey to greater retirement readiness through employer-sponsored, tax-deferred savings plans as well as through holistic advice, planning and a broad range of retail product solutions for customers nearing or in their retirement — particularly those who seek support and guidance after they transition from their workplace plans.
Beams joined the company in 2011 with 30 years of diverse experience in the financial services industry, spanning institutional, high-net-worth and retail markets across asset management, retirement and banking sectors. Beams served as president and CEO of TIAA-CREF’s Individual and Institutional Services LLC, helping those businesses deliver six consecutive years of record growth and client retention. While at TIAA-CREF, she founded the Wealth Management business and re-launched IRAs, insurance products and private asset management, all with substantial growth. In addition to TIAA-CREF, Beams has held leadership roles at Zurich Scudder Investments, Fleet Financial, American Express and Citibank.
Beams received a Bachelor of Arts in English from Boston College and a Master of Business Administration in marketing and finance from Columbia University. Among other accomplishments and recognitions, Beams was recognized by American Banker as one of “The 25 Most Powerful Women in Finance” in 2008, 2009, 2012 and 2013. She has also been named “One of the Most Influential People in the Defined Contribution Industry” by The 401kWire and has been listed in Who’s Who of American Women. On May 8, 2013, Maliz was a recipient of an “Aiming High” award from Legal Momentum for her business accomplishments and leadership. This organization is the nation's oldest legal defense and education fund dedicated to advancing the rights of all women and girls.
Beams also serves on several industry boards and task forces, including the Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI), the Retirement and Financial Security Task Force of the American Council of Life Insurers (ACLI), the Insured Retirement Institute (IRI) and LIMRA’s Secure Retirement Institute.
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