– USA, NY – Voya Financial, Inc. (NYSE: VOYA) today announced the elections of Biff Bowman and Hikmet Ersek to its board of directors, effective today.
“I’m pleased to welcome Biff and Hikmet to the Voya board. Biff and Hikmet have unique and valuable skill sets – as well as global experience – having served in key executive roles in the financial services industry. Their respective backgrounds will complement the existing strengths and diverse experience of our board – and I’m confident that Voya and its shareholders will benefit from their insights,” said Executive Chairman, Rod Martin.
Heather Lavallee, CEO, added, “Voya has long valued the knowledge and ideas that our directors provide, and I’m looking forward to having both Biff’s and Hikmet’s perspectives as we advance our strategy. We have exciting plans to continue our growth momentum, and I appreciate all of our directors’ input and counsel as we execute our plans and continue to meet the expanding needs of our clients.”
Biff Bowman will join the audit committee; risk, investment, and finance committee; and technology, innovation, and operations committee, while Hikmet Ersek will serve on the compensation, benefits, and talent management committee; nominating, governance, and social responsibility committee; and risk, investment and finance committee.
About Stephen Bowman
Biff Bowman was most recently CFO of Northern Trust Corporation
BiffBowman served as CFO of Northern Trust (NASDAQ: NTRS), a leading provider of wealth management, asset servicing, asset management, and banking, from 2014 until his retirement in 2020. Previously, Bowman held various leadership positions at Northern Trust, including CHRO and CEO of the company’s European and North American regions. He joined Northern Trust in 1985. Bowman serves on the board of directors for First Interstate BancSystem, Inc. (NASDAQ: FIBK) and FNZ Trust Co. He is a national trustee of Miami University of Ohio and has served as board chair for Glenwood Academy.
He received a bachelor’s degree in finance from Miami University and earned an MBA from DePaul University.
About Hikmet Ersek
Hikmet served as CEO of Western Union (NYSE: WU), a leader in cross-border, cross-currency money movement and payments from 2010 to 2021. Previously, he led the company’s international expansion in Europe, Africa, and AsiBefore to joining Western Union, he held several leadership roles at GE Capital and Europay/Mastercard. In addition to serving as a member of the supervisory board at Erste Group Bank (EBS.VI), Hikmet Ersek serves as the Austrian Honorary Consul in the U.S., responsible for Colorado, Wyoming, and New Mexico.
Hikmet Ersek holds a master’s (magister) degree in economics and business administration from the University of Economics and Business in Vienna, Austria.
About Voya Financial
Voya Financial, Inc., is a leading health, wealth, and investment company with 7,200 employees who are focused on achieving Voya’s aspirational vision: Clearing your path to financial confidence and a more fulfilling life. Through products, solutions, and technologies, Voya helps its 14.7 million individual, workplace, and institutional clients becowell-plannednewell-investedted and well-protected. Benefitfocus, a newly joined Voya company, extends the reach of Voya’s workplace benefits and savings offerings by providing benefits administration capabilities to 16.5 million individual subscription employees across employer and health plan clients. Certified as a “Great Place to Work” by the Great Place to Work Institute, Voya is purpose-driven and equally committed to conducting business in a way that is socially, environmentally, economically, and ethically responsible. Voya has earned recognition as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies by the Ethisphere Institute; a member of the Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index; and a “Best Place to Work for Disability Inclusion” on the Disability Equality Index.
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