Linton will be responsible for Financial Partners (IFP), a broker/dealer with more than 2,500 independent registered representatives. He will oversee ING’s retail investor channel, a team that provides phone-based guidance and support to new and existing ING U.S. customers looking for help with retirement savings and income needs, including Individual Retirement Account (IRA) rollovers. Linton reports to Maliz Beams, chief executive of ING U.S. Retirement. Linton’s appointment became effective June 19.
Before joining ING, Linton served as head of Business Retirement Solutions
for Bank of America Merrill Lynch. (See “BofA
Merrill Lynch Adds Two to Retirement Team.”) He also served as executive
vice president of the adviser retirement group at Fidelity, where he held a
variety of senior positions over the course of 20 years.
“Rich has extensive senior leadership experience across sales, product marketing, client service, technology and operations functions, along with a strong background in 401(k), IRA and investment-only products,” Beams said. “I am delighted to have someone with Rich’s broad functional experience and business management abilities joining our team, and helping our customers on their journey to and through retirement.”
Linton holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and mathematics from Boston University. He will work from ING’s offices in Windsor, Connecticut, and Braintree, Massachusetts.