ATLANTA, May 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Christine Hurtsellers, chief investment officer of fixed income for Voya Investment Management, part of Voya Financial, Inc. (NYSE: VOYA), is one of ten women named to Money Management Executive's inaugural list of the Top Women in Asset Management. The list appears in the publication's May 19 issue.
Money Management Executive accepted nominations for its inaugural list of women asset managers making substantial impacts on their organizations and the fund industry. Winners were selected by Money Management Executive's editorial advisory panel. Profiles of the winners appear in the May 19 print issue and on www.mmexecutive.com.
"It is a great recognition for Christine to be acknowledged as one of the leading women in the asset management industry," said Jeffrey T. Becker, chief executive officer, Voya Investment Management. "In addition to her many individual accomplishments, she is also a great leader, she is passionate about our business and she has made tremendous contributions to both Voya Investment Management and our clients. We are proud to have her as a colleague and part of our leadership team."
"These awards reflect our initiative to find and highlight exceptional women in asset management. After nominations and assessment by our editorial team and advisory board, we've selected 10 women as influencers in their field for having made substantial impacts on their organizations and the fund industry," said Paula Vasan, managing editor of Money Management Executive.
"I am honored to be included in this recognition of a great group of women in the asset management industry," said Hurtsellers. "I am also grateful to Money Management Executive for their efforts to recognize the contributions that women have made to our industry. As anyone who works in asset management knows, ours is a challenging, but also rewarding, business. Our industry needs more women who are great listeners, have intuition, are great team builders and know how to take calculated risks in their careers."
Since becoming head of Voya Investment Management's fixed income portfolio in 2008, Hurtsellers and her team have driven a strong improvement in performance. Specifically, 100% of traditional fixed income assets managed by Hurtsellers and her team outperformed their benchmark on a five-year basis as of March 31, 2014.
Before assuming the leadership of fixed income, Hurtsellers was head of structured finance from 2005 to 2008. Her mortgage-backed securities team was responsible for the highly successful track record of the firm's proprietary mortgage derivatives portfolios, and she directed portfolio and sector strategy across fixed income asset classes.
Prior to joining Voya Investment Management (formerly known as ING U.S. Investment Management) in 2004, Hurtsellers developed extensive mortgage portfolio management experience, most notably at the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation ("Freddie Mac"), where she led the agency-guaranteed retained portfolio team with $650 billion in assets under management. Prior to Freddie Mac, she was a portfolio manager at Alliance Capital Management and Banc One, and a client consultant at Pentalpha Capital group.
Hurtsellers is a member of the U.S. Treasury Borrowing Advisory Committee. She also serves on the board of councilors for the Carter Center and served on the advisory board for the nationally-recognized Kennesaw University Collegiate Recovery Program. She earned a B.A. in finance with high honors from Indiana University Kelley School of Business and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst® designation.
About Voya Investment Management
A leading, active asset management firm, Voya Investment Management manages, as of March 31, 2014, approximately $207 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. For more information, visit voyainvestments.com. Follow Voya Investment Management on Twitter @VoyaInvestments.
About Voya Financial
Voya Financial, Inc. (NYSE: VOYA), which has rebranded from ING U.S., is composed of premier retirement, investment and insurance companies serving the financial needs of approximately 13 million individual and institutional customers in the United States. The company's vision is to be America's Retirement Company™ and its guiding principle is centered on solving the most daunting financial challenge facing Americans today — retirement readiness. Working directly with clients and through a broad group of financial intermediaries, independent producers, affiliated advisors and dedicated sales specialists, Voya provides a comprehensive portfolio of asset accumulation, asset protection and asset distribution products and services. With a dedicated workforce of approximately 7,000 employees, Voya is grounded in a clear mission to make a secure financial future possible — one person, one family, one institution at a time. For more information, visit voya.com. Follow Voya Financial on Facebook and Twitter @Voya.
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