Voya Investment Management Announces Appointment of John Simone to the Board of Gigi’s Playhouse


Voya Investment Management, the asset management business of Voya Financial, Inc. (NYSE: VOYA), announced today that John Simone, managing director, head, Insurance Solutions Group has joined the board of directors of Gigi’s Playhouse. Gigi’s Playhouse is the only network of Down Syndrome Achievement Centers, with 41 brick and mortar and pop up locations across the United States and Mexico.

With a mission to change the way the world views Down syndrome and send a global message of acceptance for all, GiGi’s Playhouse provides free, life changing therapeutic, educational and career training programs for over 30,000 individuals of all ages. From prenatal diagnosis to career skills, GiGi’s makes a lifetime commitment to remain by their side, empowering families with the tools their child needs to exceed.

"We are proud of the profound impact that GiGi's Playhouse has made on the Down Syndrome community and are excited to add John to our Executive Board to help further expand our reach," said Nancy Gianni, Founder of GiGi's Playhouse. "John brings to our organization a wealth of business acumen, a growth orientation and a strong track record of supporting charitable organizations."

“The tireless dedication of everyone at GiGi’s is inspiring and humbling,” said John Simone.  “Not only am I excited to join the board, but thanks to the Voya Cares program, which offers resources focused on holistic education and financial planning for people with special needs and their families, I have a better understanding about the critical role organizations like GiGi’s Playhouse have in helping to meet the needs of individuals with disabilities and their families.”

In his role as head of the Insurance Solutions Group, Simone and his team are responsible for servicing the asset management needs of insurance companies across the life, property and casualty industries. Simone holds the Chartered Financial Analyst® designation as well as Series 3, 7, 63 and 24 licenses from FINRA. He earned an MBA from Fordham University as well as a bachelor's degree in economics from Rutgers University.

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Kris Kagel
Voya Financial
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About Voya Investment Management
A leading, active asset management firm, Voya Investment Management manages, as of December 31, 2018, more than $203 billion for affiliated and external institutions as well as individual investors. With 40 years of history in asset management, Voya Investment Management has the experience and resources to provide clients with investment solutions with an emphasis on equities, fixed income, and multi-asset strategies and solutions. Voya Investment Management was named in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 as a “Best Places to Work” by Pensions and Investments magazine. For more information, visit voyainvestments.com. Follow Voya Investment Management on Twitter @VoyaInvestments.