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ING Financial Partners Expands Team to Support Growing Advisory Business

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

ING Financial Partners Expands Team to Support Growing Advisory Business11:30 EDT Tuesday, October 11, 2011WINDSOR, Conn., Oct. 11, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- ING Financial Partners, ING U.S.'s broker-dealer, has appointed Andre Robinson as head of advisory business development and Rich Taylor as head of brokerage operations to support the firm's growing advisory business. "Advisory programs are so important to our financial advisors and their clients," said Karl Lindberg, president of ING Financial Partners.  "Andre brings a deep understanding of advisors, the marketplace, and technology to this newly created business development position, while Rich provides leadership and expertise with his accomplished background.  Adding these positions helps us tailor our advisory platform and operational support and expand our turnkey advisory programs to meet the needs of our representatives, so they can focus on providing individualized service to their clients."Andre Robinson will lead the consultancy, practice management and business development initiatives for advisory platforms and products.  He brings more than 13 years of leadership in brokerage and financial services, including expertise in business development and relationship management. Prior to joining ING, Robinson was vice president of business development at Citigroup where he was responsible for driving revenue growth for global transaction services. He has also served as vice president and relationship/product manager at Pershing where he managed broker-dealer and registered investment advisor adoption of advisory and technology solutions.  Robinson earned an MBA from Saint Joseph's University, Philadelphia, and a BA in Business Administration from Arcadia University, Glenside, Pa. He holds FINRA Series 4, 6, 7, 24, 63 and 66 licenses and is a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) level II candidate.In his new role, Taylor will oversee all brokerage operations activities for ING Financial Partners.  Taylor brings more than 15 years of leadership in brokerage and financial services operations to the role. Prior to joining ING, Taylor was chief operating officer at Capital Guardian LLC, where he played a key role in the build-out of their broker-dealer and RIA.  Additionally, he spent time as a vice president at LPL Financial, where he led the integration of operations, service teams and platforms for three of their broker-dealer firms.  In his career, Taylor also held leadership operations and service roles at Fidelity Investments (National Financial) and Pershing, and served as a sergeant in the military.Taylor earned an MBA from Plymouth State University, Plymouth, N.H., and graduated Cum Laude with a BS in Marketing. He holds FINRA Series 7, 24 and 63 licenses.  For more information about ING Financial Partners, visit INGING U.S. is a subsidiary of Dutch-based ING Groep NV. In the U.S., the ING (NYSE: ING) family of companies offers a comprehensive array of financial services to retail and institutional clients, which includes life insurance, retirement plans, mutual funds, managed accounts, alternative investments, institutional investment management, annuities, employee benefits and financial planning. ING holds top-tier rankings in key U.S. markets and serves approximately 15 million customers across the nation. For more information, visit INGFor further information: Maggie Dietrich, ING U.S., Office: +1-860-580-2699, Cell: +1-860-335-7528,