She will lead a newly created Institutional
Strategic Consulting group with oversight
responsibilities for Vanguard’s retirement policy,
research, and plan consulting activities, Vanguard
announced in a news release.
Combs stepped down from the EBSA in October 2006 after 5 ½ years (See EBSA’s Combs Says Farewell to Benefits Regulation ). During that time, she played a pivotal role in formulating the recently-enacted Pension Protection Act. Before that, Combs was vice president and chief counsel for pensions and retirement at the American Council of Life Insurers and a principal of William Mercer, Inc.
Combs received a BA degree from the University of Notre Dame and a JD degree fromGeorge Washington University.
Vanguard, headquartered inValley Forge, Pennsylvania, oversees more than $400 billion in assets for defined contribution plans, defined benefit plans, and other institutional clients. It provides full-service defined contribution recordkeeping services for 1,800 plan sponsors and 2.8 million participants, the company said.
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