ING Investment Management Americas has hired James Kase to be executive vice president and head of distribution.[@@]

Kase previously was chief operating officer of the U.S. institutional business at Merrill Lynch Investment Managers, a unit of Merrill Lynch & Company Inc., New York.

Kase has a bachelor’s degree in political science from Brown University.

ING Investment, New York, is a unit of ING Groep N.V., Amsterdam.