Newport Taps Two Regional Sales Chiefs

The Newport Group announced it appointed Kris Krikorian and David Semmler as regional directors, reporting to Newport’s Chief Marketing Officer Tom Pittman.

A Newport news release said Krikorian will cover the Southwest U.S. from his base in Los Angeles. Before joining Newport, he was associate vice president with Wachovia Securities and led a team of 401(k) plan advisers who worked with wholesalers to deliver retirement products to plan sponsors.

“Kris has experience in both retirement plan administration and wholesaling,’ Pittman said, in the news release. “His work with a large team of financial advisers also gives him insight into the needs of advisers who market Newport’s services.’

Meanwhile, Semmler will be based in Denver and cover Newport’s North Central and Northwest regions. Most recently, he was vice president and regional sales manager of Matrix Financial Solutions.

“Dave’s extensive relationships with financial institutions, third-party administrators, and retirement plan and trust advisors will allow Newport to strengthen its footprint in the Pacific Northwest,’ Pittman said.