Voya Financial Names George Lemmon to Lead Employee Benefits Sales Team


Voya Financial, Inc. (NYSE: VOYA), which has rebranded from ING U.S., announced today that it has appointed George Lemmon as head of sales for the company’s Employee Benefits business, effective July 1. Lemmon, who most recently served as executive manager for the Chicago sales region, will be based out of Voya’s Minneapolis office. He reports directly to Employee Benefits president, Heather Lavallee. 

“As an increasing number of Americans embrace employee benefits as part of their overall retirement readiness planning, George will be instrumental in helping Voya Financial expand in our target markets,” said Lavallee. “With an established sales track record and a firm passion for helping institutional and individual clients, I’m confident George will help our business continue to grow and achieve its goals during this exciting time for our industry.”  

Lemmon’s appointment reinforces Voya’s sustained investment in Employee Benefits as a growth business for the company. In the first quarter of 2014, Employee Benefits reported a 42% increase in operating earnings over the previous year.

“It’s been very exciting to witness the evolution of our business, and I look forward to working with Heather and the rest of our team to build upon that success,” said Lemmon. “I’m thrilled to lead our Employee Benefits sales team on its new journey as Voya Financial.”  

Lemmon began his sales career more than 15 years ago, working for several other major life and employee benefits providers in the Chicago area. He joined ING U.S. (now Voya Financial) in 2009 as senior regional sales manager of the Chicago office. Lemmon earned his B.A. in economics and management from Albion College in Albion, MI and an MBA from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business. 

As part of Voya Financial’s enterprise-wide rebranding program, the Employee Benefits business began marketing to prospective clients under the Voya brand on May 1, 2014. Employee Benefits will complete its rebranding work on September 1, 2014, with the company’s remaining operating businesses and legal entities as they make their respective transitions.

Voya Employee Benefits offers stop loss, group life, voluntary and disability income insurance products to mid-sized and large employers and their employees. The business has more than 90 years of experience in the design, implementation and administration of employee benefits plans, and it offers a full range of supplemental voluntary products that include critical illness, accident and hospital confinement indemnity insurance. 

As an industry leader and advocate for greater retirement readiness, Voya Financial is committed to delivering on its vision to be America’s Retirement CompanyTM and its mission to make a secure financial future possible — one person, one family, one institution at a time.  

Media Contact:
Nicole Vasile
Voya Financial                                 
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Cell:  (860) 839-1589             
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About Voya Financial
Voya Financial, Inc. (NYSE: VOYA), which has rebranded from ING U.S., is composed of premier retirement, investment and insurance companies serving the financial needs of approximately 13 million individual and institutional customers in the United States.  The company’s vision is to be America’s Retirement CompanyTM and its guiding principle is centered on solving the most daunting financial challenge facing Americans today — retirement readiness.  Working directly with clients and through a broad group of financial intermediaries, independent producers, affiliated advisors and dedicated sales specialists, Voya provides a comprehensive portfolio of asset accumulation, asset protection and asset distribution products and services.  With a dedicated workforce of approximately 7,000 employees, Voya is grounded in a clear mission to make a secure financial future possible — one person, one family, one institution at a time.  For more information, visit http://voya.com or view our Voya Financial Interactive Company Profile.  Follow Voya Financial on Facebook and Twitter @Voya.

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