ING U.S. Hires David Bedard to Lead Fixed Annuities Business

         ING U.S. Hires David Bedard to Lead Fixed Annuities Business

PR Newswire

WINDSOR, Conn., Jan. 10, 2013

WINDSOR, Conn., Jan. 10, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --ING U.S. announced today that it
has hired David Bedard as president of its Annuities business segment. This
segment, part of ING U.S.'s Retirement Solutions business, is focused on
driving growth and long-term success in the fixed annuity market.

In this role, Bedard is responsible for product, financial management and the
operating performance of the fixed annuity business. He will also serve as a
member of the Retirement Solutions executive team, collaborating on overall
business strategy and direction.

Bedard brings a broad range of annuity and financial expertise to ING U.S. He
has more than 25 years of experience in financial leadership positions at
insurance and financial services organizations. Most recently, Bedard was
executive vice president of Global Annuities for The Hartford Financial
Services Group after serving as the chief financial officer of that firm's
wealth management business. Previously, he was senior vice president and
chief financial officer for the U.S. Life and Agency division of New York Life
Insurance Company, where he also served as senior managing director and chief
financial officer for New York Life Investments. Bedard also held leadership
positions earlier in his career at MassMutual and Coopers & Lybrand.

Bedard, who will be based in ING U.S.'s Windsor, Conn., office, will report to
Maliz Beams, chief executive officer of ING U.S. Retirement Solutions. His
appointment is effective January 28, 2013.

"We're delighted to have Dave join our team in this new role, which closely
aligns the annuity business to ING U.S.'s overall retirement strategy," noted
Beams. "Dave's financial acumen, breadth of experience and appreciation for
the importance of our work will further our goal to help customers achieve the
retirement security they expect and deserve."

"I'm excited to join an organization that is such a strong leader and advocate
in the retirement industry," said Bedard. "As the landscape continues to
evolve, there is a significant need for working Americans to plan and save for
their financial futures. This includes building and integrating an effective
strategy to replace their income throughout their retirement years."

Bedard, who is a certified public accountant, earned a B.S. in business
administration from Nichols College in Massachusetts. He currently serves as a
member of the Nichols Board of Trustees and as chairman of its Audit
Committee.

ING U.S.'s Retirement Solutions business, which comprises its Retirement and
Annuities segments, is a leading provider of retirement plans and individual
retirement products and guidance in the U.S. The business is focused on
helping working Americans prepare for a secure retirement through
employer-sponsored savings plans and personal advice, planning and product
solutions. The Annuities segment includes fixed, fixed-index and immediate
annuities.

About ING U.S.
ING U.S. constitutes the U.S.-based retirement, investment and insurance
operations ofNetherlands-based ING Groep N.V. (NYSE: ING). In the U.S., the
ING family of companies offers a comprehensive array of financial services to
retail and institutional clients, includingretirement plans, IRA rollovers
and transfers, stable value, institutional investment management, mutual
funds, alternative investments, life insurance, employee benefits, fixed and
indexed annuities and financial planning. ING U.S. holds top-tier rankings in
key U.S. markets and serves approximately 13 million customers across the
nation. For more information, visit http://ing.us.

SOURCE ING U.S.

Website: http://ing.us
Contact: Maggie Dietrich, ING U.S., Office: +1-860-580-2699, Cell:
+1-860-335-7528, Maggie.Dietrich@us.ing.com
 
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