Bank of America Merrill Lynch exec named to lead ING broker-dealer

Thomas Halloran was managing director overseeing product strategy and acquisition for Merrill Edge

Oct 24, 2013 @ 12:39 pm

By Trevor Hunnicutt

ING U.S., one of the nation's largest insurers, Thursday named an executive from Bank of America Corp.'s mass-affluent brokerage business to lead its broker-dealer.

Thomas Halloran, who was the managing director overseeing product strategy and acquisition for Merrill Edge, will be president of ING Financial Partners, ING spokeswoman Maggie Dietrich said in a statement. Merrill Edge is Bank of America Corp.'s self-directed online brokerage business for mass-affluent customers.

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Mr. Halloran replaces Karl Lindberg, who the firm said will develop and oversee IFP's advisory practice and service model. Mr. Halloran will start Nov. 18.

The broker-dealer is a unit of ING U.S., an insurance, investment and retirement-plan provider that is soon re-branding as Voya Financial after being spun off by its Dutch owners.

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