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Krista Barkovich, Josh Cesare Named Regional VPs at Voya

Voya Continues Growth in Retirement Small-Mid Market

Voya Retirement recently brought on two new regional vice presidents to the company’s Small-Mid Corporate Market business: Josh Cesare and Krista Barkovich. “Josh and Krista share a common goal of wanting to help drive greater retirement outcomes for our plan sponsor clients and their employees,” said Bill Elmslie, head of National Intermediary Distribution for Voya’s Small-Mid Corporate Market. “We’re thrilled to welcome these talented individuals to our team and look forward to their support as we continue to grow Voya’s brand presence in the small-mid corporate market.”

Over the past few years, Voya Retirement’s Small-Mid Corporate Market business has placed a strong focus on growing sales and distribution relationships. Most recently, the team looked to expand some of its key target territories to support the West Virginia and Virginia market. To cover these new and growing markets, Voya hired Josh Cesare as a regional vice president of Voya’s Small-Mid Corporate Market – Mid-Atlantic sales.

In this newly created position and territory, Cesare is responsible for generating new 401(k) plan business and building key distribution relationships. He is working through all channels, including wirehouses, banks, independents and third party administrators that serve employers with plans up to $75 million in assets.

“Voya is making investments in purposeful innovation to stay on the leading edge in the industry,” said Cesare. “Not only does this appeal to me, but I wanted to join the company because of their commitment and vision to being ‘America’s Retirement Company,’ long-term sustainability and the exceptionally unique culture.”

Cesare has nearly 10 years of experience in the financial services industry. Most recently he held the position of regional vice president of retirement plans at Nationwide. Prior to joining Nationwide, he spent two years as an advisor where he focused on selling and servicing 401(a), 401(k) and 403(b) plans before moving to the wholesaling side of the business.

Josh Cesare

“Josh’s experience working both in the field and serving as an advisory role make him a great fit to help grow the Voya presence in these new market territories,” added Frank Snodgrass, senior vice president, Voya Small-Mid Corporate Market – Central and Mid-Atlantic sales.

Cesare attended Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania where he received a Bachelor of Arts in financial economics. He began this new role July 22 reporting directly to Snodgrass.

Barkovich to cover the Seattle region

The company’s Small-Mid Corporate Market business also recently hired Krista Barkovich as a regional vice president of sales to cover the Seattle region.

In this role, Barkovich will be responsible for generating new 401(k) plan business and building key distribution relationships within the Seattle territory, including Washington and Alaska. She will be working through all channels, including wirehouses, banks, independents and TPAs that serve employers with plans up to $75 million in assets.

“As an industry leader with a proven focus on retirement readiness, Voya is not only listening to, but acting on the needs of their participants,” said Barkovich. “Their investments in technology, behavioral finance and initiatives like their Voya Cares program demonstrate their commitment to helping people achieve better retirement outcomes. I was drawn to Voya for those reasons and I am excited to be bringing Voya’s solutions to Washington and Alaska.”

Barkovich comes to Voya with over 18 years of retirement plan experience. Her comprehensive background includes business development, retirement plan sales, relationship management, benefits administration and client services. She brings a truly unique perspective to the sales process having been both a plan sponsor and a wholesaler. Most recently, she spent 10 years on the Ascensus sales team where she helped to build the brand as their first retirement plan wholesaler for the Pacific Northwest region.

“We are very happy to have Krista join the Voya team,” added Nick Wilson, senior vice president, Voya Small-Mid Corporate Market – West sales. “With her experience growing brand presence and proven sales support, we look forward to developing greater relationships in this important territory.”

Barkovich attended Pennsylvania State University where she received a Bachelor of Science in marketing. She also received an MBA from Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia. She will report to Wilson starting August 27.