Newport Taps Two as Regional Sales Chiefs

November 4, 2008 ( - The Newport Group announced that it has appointed Kris Krikorian and David Semmler as Regional Directors, reporting to Newport's Chief Marketing Officer Tom Pittman.

A Newport news release said Krikorian will cover the Southwest U.S. from his base in Los Angeles. Before joining Newport, he was Associate Vice President with Wachovia Securities and led a team of 401(k) plan advisers that worked with wholesalers to deliver retirement products to plan sponsors.

Kris has experience in both retirement plan administration and wholesaling, Pittman said in the news release. His work with a large team of financial advisers also gives him insight into the needs of advisers who market Newport s services.

Meanwhile, Semmler will be based in Denver and cover Newport s North Central and Northwest regions. Most recently, he was Vice President and Regional Sales Manager at Matrix Financial Solutions.

Dave s extensive relationships with financial institutions, third party administrators and retirement plan and trust advisers will allow Newport to strengthen its footprint in the Pacific Northwest, Pittman said.