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American General Names Curtis Olson President & CEO of Benefit Solutions

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Houston-based American General Life Companies (American General) has named Curtis W. Olson President and CEO of American General Benefit Solutions (Benefit Solutions). He joins Benefit Solutions from ING Life Insurance, Korea, which is the fourth largest life insurer in Korea, where he served as President and CEO. “Curt is a seasoned global insurance executive with more than 32 years of insurance experience, 30 of which have been devoted to the Employee Benefits business in progressively senior levels,” said Jim Mallon, Chairman of Benefit Solutions. “I am confident that his significant management experience, strategic leadership and sales management expertise will serve Benefit Solutions, our employees and our clients very well.” Prior to his leading ING Life Insurance, Korea, Curt served as President of ING Employee Benefits, U.S., the ninth largest U.S. group insurance carrier with $1.3 billion premium income, 750 employees and 3,500 corporate group and voluntary customers, where he was also responsible for ING’s Affinity business. As the head of ING Employee Benefits, he focused on a strategy to streamline operations, launch new products and increase focus on voluntary sales. He developed and implemented a new component-based administration system to handle both group and voluntary businesses, which enabled single billing platform for customers, consolidated data management and delivered on the promise of straight through processing of new business. Previously, Curt served as Senior Vice President, Sales and Customer Relationship Management, ING Employee Benefits, leading a major reorganization of the group sales force and creating eight regional hubs. He received his bachelor’s degree in accounting and business administration from Western State College in Colorado.