ING Expands Multicultural Sales Efforts in the U.S.

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Expands team and bolsters efforts in retirement services business

X. Rick Niu, Chief Marketing Officer, ING U.S. Retirement Services and head of enterprise-wide multicultural sales

X. Rick Niu, Chief Marketing Officer, ING U.S. Retirement Services and head of enterprise-wide multicultural sales

Our approach leverages ING’s existing distribution and expertise while providing in-culture support that is critical to success in multicultural communities.

Building on its existing multicultural sales success, ING announced today that it has added staff to further the company’s enterprise-wide multicultural sales efforts, particularly in its retirement services business. This multicultural sales team provides marketing and sales assistance, in-language and in-culture financial education programs, training, and other customized support to distribution partners, plan sponsors and ING’s regional sales organizations.

“With multicultural populations growing nearly five times faster than the overall U.S. population, we want to accelerate our growth and leverage the opportunity in the market. Our expanded capacity will better equip us to serve our distribution partners, plan sponsors and, ultimately, the multicultural Americans who are trying to save for their future and protect their families,” said Rob Leary, incoming CEO of ING Insurance U.S.(1) “This effort also underscores our continued commitment to multicultural markets, which are an integral part of the growth in our core businesses of retirement services, life insurance and financial solutions for baby boomers.”

For the past several years, ING’s multicultural sales have been a driver of growth in its individual life and employee benefits business. The company recently began expanding its existing efforts in its retirement services business, which has been ranked as a top-three provider in the U.S.(2)

These efforts support a need in the market. A number of recent studies have found that African-Americans and Hispanics participate in and contribute to retirement plans at lower rates than whites and Asians. They also point to the improvement of financial literacy and education efforts as a way to better address this disparity.

Similar studies find disparity in Hispanic life insurance ownership when compared with the general population. According to a 2008 ING study, Hispanics are significantly less likely than the general population to have life insurance (39 percent vs. 71 percent) while they are more likely than the general population to say that they would need various protection should something happen to them. In fact, 89 percent of Hispanics said that someone in their situation should have life insurance.

“Our approach leverages ING’s existing distribution and expertise while providing in-culture support that is critical to success in multicultural communities,” said X. Rick Niu, chief marketing officer of ING U.S. Retirement Services, who also directs multicultural sales across the enterprise. “At ING, we have a unique opportunity to leverage diverse talents from within our large organization. ING’s global presence, well-respected brand, diverse workforce, and our understanding of multicultural audiences position us well to continue to tap this large market opportunity.”

The new team members are: Andres Vargas Escobar, vice president of multicultural sales operations, to be based in Windsor, Conn.; Juan Pablo Troncoso Philippi, manager of sales support, to be based in Irvine, Calif.; Nydia Monarrez Lozano, manager of sales support, to be based in Tampa, Fla.; and Erika Contreras Escobar, business coordinator, to be based in Windsor, Conn.

Each hails from a country within ING’s Latin American operations, giving them direct and first-generational knowledge of those audiences here in the U.S. Combined with the existing multicultural sales staff, the team now represents many countries of origin, including Argentina, Chile, China, Colombia, Mexico and South Korea.

1 Effective January 1, 2010
2 Based on figures from Pensions and Investments (July 27, 2009), the business holds top rankings in the defined contribution industry with more than 52,000 plan sponsors, approximately 7 million plan participants, and over $235 billion in combined assets under administration and management.

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About ING
ING is a global financial institution of Dutch origin banking, investments, life insurance and retirement services to over 85 million private, corporate and institutional clients in more than 40 countries. With a diverse workforce of about 130,000 people, ING is dedicated to setting the standard in helping our clients manage their financial future.

In the U.S., the ING (NYSE: ING) family of companies offer a comprehensive array of financial services to retail and institutional clients, which includes life insurance, retirement plans, mutual funds, managed accounts, alternative investments, direct banking, institutional investment management, annuities, employee benefits, financial planning, and reinsurance. ING holds top-tier rankings in key U.S. markets and serves over 29 million customers across the nation. For more information, visit

ING’s diversity management philosophy and commitment to workforce diversity, multicultural marketing, corporate citizenship and supplier diversity fosters an inclusive environment for employees that supports a distinctive product and service experience for the financial services consumer.

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