What You Need to Know
- Voya has 14.3 million client relationships and has $707 billion in assets under management and administration.
- Rod Martin led efforts to separate the company from ING, change its name to Voya, and focus the company's energy on sales of lower-risk products.
- Lavallee started out as a sales rep and worked her way up through regional vice president roles.
The board of Voya Financial has picked Heather Lavallee to succeed Rodney Martin Jr. as the company’s president and CEO Jan. 1, 2023.
Martin is currently the chairman of the New York-based insurer and asset manager as well as its president and CEO, and he will continue to be the chairman in 2023, the company says,
Martin took charge of Voya in 2011 — before it was known as Voya — and reshaped its operations. He jettisoned the operations that tied the company’s fortunes to fluctuations in interest rates and stock prices and focused the company’s efforts on sales of investment managers and on writing employee benefits products and insurance products that tend to be relatively easy to reprice when conditions change.
Today, Voya has 14.3 million client relationships, 6,000 employees and $707 billion in assets under management and administration.
Lavallee said in a comment, included in the succession plan announcement, that she sees Voya as a company committed to helping clients with their health, wealth and investment needs.
“We are well-positioned for continued growth across each of our businesses,” Lavallee said.
What It Means
When clients haul in their folders full of very important papers, many of the life insurance coverage certificates, disability insurance coverage certificates, retirement plan statements and mutual fund statements may come from Voya.
As head of Voya, Lavallee could be your competitor, your toolmaker, your client creator and one of the people speaking for financial services firms in Washington, all on the same day.
Voya came into existence as a life, health and annuity subsidiary of ING, a Dutch financial services company, in 1991.
The ING U.S. business acquired Minneapolis-based ReliaStar in 2000, and Aetna’s Aetna Financial Services unit in 2000.
ING turned Voya into a separate company in 2013 in response to pressures related to the 2007-2009 Great Recession. The company took the name “Voya” in 2014.
Voya was once a major annuity provider. It transferred most of its annuity business to Venerable Holdings in 2018.