NEW YORK, Dec. 13, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Voya Financial, Inc. (NYSE: VOYA), announced today that Chairman and CEO, Rodney O. Martin Jr., has been appointed to the board of Junior Achievement (JA) USA, the nation's largest organization dedicated to giving young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their futures, and make smart academic and economic choices.
"Voya has been a great partner with Junior Achievement over the years," said Jack Kosakowski, president and CEO of Junior Achievement USA. "Rod's leadership and experience will be of tremendous value to JA as we endeavor to positively impact more young people with our programs."
Martin is a respected leader in the retirement, insurance and financial services industries with more than 40 years of high-profile experience. He joined Voya as CEO in 2011 and, since then, has overseen a significant financial, operational and cultural transformation.
"Financial literacy and economic empowerment, which are central to our mission at Voya, form a cornerstone of our corporate responsibility efforts," said Martin. "Voya and Junior Achievement share the common understanding that equipping individuals with the knowledge and resources to better understand and take control of their finances is an essential first step toward building a secure and rewarding future. I'm honored to lend my expertise to JA – to help advance its mission of preparing young people for success in a global economy."
Junior Achievement USA reaches more than 4.8 million students per year in 209,651 classrooms and after-school locations. JA programs promote work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy and are taught by volunteers in inner cities, suburbs, and rural areas throughout the United States.
Voya Foundation maintains a signature partnership with Junior Achievement USA, supporting numerous financial literacy initiatives across the country. In addition, many Voya employees serve as mentors and role models for JA. In 2015, Voya received the President's Volunteer Service Award for providing 5,000 hours of volunteer support to Junior Achievement for the previous year.
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About Voya Foundation
Voya Foundation's mission is to improve the quality of life in communities where Voya Financial® operates and its employees and customers live. Voya Foundation provides grants and establishes signature partnerships in the areas of financial literacy and children's education and fosters employee engagement to deepen our positive impact on the community. For more information, visit www.voyafoundation.com.
About Voya Financial®
Voya Financial, Inc. (NYSE: VOYA), helps Americans plan, invest and protect their savings — to get ready to retire better. Serving the financial needs of approximately 13 million individual and institutional customers in the United States, Voya is a Fortune 500 company that had $11 billion in revenue in 2015. The company had $480 billion in total assets under management and administration as of Sept. 30, 2016. With a clear mission to make a secure financial future possible — one person, one family, one institution at a time — Voya's vision is to be America's Retirement Company™. The company is equally committed to conducting business in a way that is socially, environmentally, economically and ethically responsible — Voya has been recognized as one of the 2016 World's Most Ethical Companies® by the Ethisphere Institute, and as one of the Top Green Companies in the U.S., by Newsweek magazine. For more information, visit voya.com. Follow Voya Financial on Facebook and Twitter @Voya.
About Junior Achievement USA® (JA)
Junior Achievement is the world's largest organization dedicated to giving young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their future, and make smart academic and economic choices. JA programs are delivered by corporate and community volunteers, and provide relevant, hands-on experiences that give students from kindergarten through high school knowledge and skills in financial literacy, work readiness, and entrepreneurship. Today, JA reaches 4.8 million students per year in more than 100 markets across the United States, with an additional 5.6 million students served by operations over 100 other countries worldwide. Visit www.ja.org for more information.
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