Transamerica Retirement Services, Los Angeles, has announced the hiring of Linda Kurz as regional vice president in the company’s Southern Region. In this position, Ms. Kurz will oversee all sales and distribution activities in Virginia. She will be based in Gainesville, Va., and will report to Steven Dunlap, Transamerica’s divisional vice president for the Southern Region.

“Linda brings to Transamerica tremendous sales skills and a depth of market knowledge that she has developed over a lengthy, impressive career in retirement services,” said Lou Bachetti, head of sales and distribution for Transamerica Retirement Services. “Her sales record in this region speaks volumes about her abilities and we are thrilled to have her join our team.”

Ms. Kurz has nearly 20 years of professional experience in the retirement industry. She joins Transamerica from ING Financial Advisors, where for more than seven years she was responsible for sales and marketing of qualified retirement plans through financial advisors and third party administrators. Ms. Kurz most recently served as a regional vice president for the company, having also served as a regional sales director and regional director of client relations.

Ms. Kurz received her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Mary Washington College. She holds NASD series 6 and 63 licenses, as well as Virginia, Maryland and District of Columbia insurance licenses.