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Chad Tope Named President of ING's Annuity and Asset Sales Distribution

Monday, May 16, 2011

Chad Tope Named President of ING's Annuity and Asset Sales Distribution14:05 EDT Monday, May 16, 2011MINNEAPOLIS, May 16, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- ING today announced that Chad Tope has been promoted to president of ING's U.S. Annuity and Asset Sales Distribution.  In this capacity, he is responsible for annuity and asset sales through multiple forms of distribution including general agencies, banks and broker-dealers.  Tope had previously been senior vice president and national sales manager for ING's Fixed Annuity Distribution."Chad's experience in building successful relationships and sales models has been critical as we have re-engineered our sales and implemented a new wholesaling model that will increase our penetration through multiple types of distribution," said Butch Britton, CEO of ING U.S. Insurance.  "His leadership and understanding of the market will be critical to our growth as we assist financial professionals in helping Americans manage and protect their assets and create income streams for their nest eggs."Tope joined ING in 1995 and has served in a number of sales and management roles of increasing responsibility.  In addition to leading fixed-annuity sales, he has led a number of initiatives such as partnering on a revamp of a distribution model, designing and building a successful annuity sales team and developing new distribution channels, outlets and markets. Tope began his career in personal sales in 1991 with AEGON USA and later transitioned into their broker-dealer as a variable-products wholesaler.  He earned his B.B.A. degree from the University of Iowa. He holds FINRA series 6, 63 and 26 licenses.  ING is a global financial institution of Dutch origin offering 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 115,000 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 and financial planning.  ING holds top-tier rankings in key U.S. markets and serves nearly 30 million customers across the nation.  For more information, visit www.ing.com/us.SOURCE INGFor further information: Press inquiries: Philip Margolis, ING, +1-860-580-2676, phil.margolis@us.ing.com