ING U.S. Hires Sam Ghazaleh as Investor Channel Sales Head for Individual Retirement Markets
ING U.S.’s Retirement business announced today that it has hired Sam Ghazaleh as head of Investor Channel Sales for its Individual Retirement Markets, the company’s retail business that provides personal retirement, investment and income guidance and product solutions to pre-retirees, retirees and the rollover markets.
In this role, Ghazaleh will lead a team responsible for providing phone-based guidance and support to both new and existing ING U.S. customers looking for help with their retirement savings and income needs, including IRA rollovers.
Ghazaleh brings a broad range of retirement industry leadership and expertise to ING U.S. For the last year, he was vice president of Business Retirement Solutions for Great-West Life & Annuity, leading the new business unit focused on growing the company’s IRA, retirement income and education offerings to defined contribution plan participants. Prior to that, Ghazaleh was senior vice president of the Personal and Workplace Investing group at Fidelity Investments, where he held a variety of senior positions over the course of 13 years. Ghazaleh also brings experience as a former executive at Rollover Systems and from roles serving as a business management and strategy consultant. In addition, Ghazaleh served for five years as an officer in the United States Air Force.
Ghazaleh, who will be based in ING U.S.’s Windsor, Conn. office, will report to Rich Linton, president of Individual Retirement Markets for ING U.S. Retirement. His appointment is effective November 12, 2012.
“Sam is a hands-on executive who brings strong leadership skills, a wealth of worksite and retail P&L oversight, and a commitment to building high-integrity organizations in the retirement market,” noted Linton. “I am thrilled to have someone with Sam’s broad functional experience and business management abilities joining our team and helping our customers on their journey to and through retirement.”
“I am delighted to be joining an organization that has a strong commitment to helping individuals plan for a secure retirement,” said Ghazaleh. “I look forward to expanding the relationships ING U.S. has built with the millions of plan customers it serves who are changing jobs or approaching retirement, as well as establishing relationships with many new retail customers looking for support with their planning and saving needs.”
Ghazaleh received his B.S. in engineering from Duke University and his MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He is Six Sigma Yellow Belt certified and holds FINRA Series 7, 24 and 63 registrations.
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ING U.S. constitutes the U.S.-based retirement, investment and insurance operations of Netherlands-based ING Groep N.V. (NYSE: ING). In the U.S., the ING family of companies offers a comprehensive array of financial services to retail and institutional clients, including retirement plans, IRA rollovers and transfers, stable value, institutional investment management, mutual funds, alternative investments, life insurance, employee benefits, fixed and indexed annuities and financial planning. ING U.S. holds top-tier rankings in key U.S. markets and serves approximately 13 million customers across the nation. For more information, visit http://ing.us.