Bill C. Taylor, senior vice president and head of
Business Development and Investment Only and Retirement Group, said the new
additions are part of an effort to strengthen the sales organization’s focus on
the DCIO platform market and develop new business with large clients, according to a press release.
Christopher G. Laucks, CFP has been promoted to senior
vice president, director of Sales, Investment Only and Retirement Group. Before
accepting this position, Laucks served as vice president, director of
Retirement and Annuity Markets. He will be responsible for national sales for
the DCIO platform marketplace.
Laucks joined Pioneer in 2002 from Allmerica Financial,
where he was vice president of Channel Management for Strategic Alliances.
Previously, he also served as a branch manager at Raymond James Financial, and
also held management positions at State Street Bank and Fidelity Investments.
He has a B.A. and an M.B.A. from Boston College.
Kimberly Gannis has been named vice president, Business
Development Officer in the Investment Only and Retirement Group. She joins
Pioneer from American Century Investments, where she was vice president,
National Accounts. Prior to American Century Investments, Gannis was managing
director at PNC Bank with her primary focus on the middle market retirement
business. She has a B.S. degree from the University of Pittsburgh.
Mary Powers has been named vice president, Business
Development Officer for the Business Development Group, Advisory Channel. She joins
Pioneer after 19 years with John Hancock, where she held numerous positions,
most recently National Account Manager for John Hancock Financial Services. She
graduated from Arizona State University with a B.S. in Finance and received an
M.B.A. from Northeastern University.
Jason C. Xanthakis has joined Pioneer as portfolio
consultant in the Wealth Management team. He previously worked for Ameriprise
Financial as a senior research analyst specializing in platform placement.
Prior to Ameriprise, Xanthakis was a research analyst at Fidelity Employer
Services Company analyzing mutual funds for 401(k) clients. He has a Bachelor’s
in Economics from the University of Piraeus in Greece.
Kimberly Boucher has been promoted to key account manager
in the Wealth Management Channel. She joined Pioneer in 2005 and was previously
a regional sales specialist. Prior to joining Pioneer, she was a financial
adviser and adviser coach at American Express Financial Advisors. She has a
B.A. from Clark University.
Brandi Kinsman has been promoted to key account manager
in the Business Development Group. She was previously a product manager
covering retirement and annuity products. She joined Pioneer in 2005 after
working as senior product marketing specialist, Annuities, at Sun Life
Financial. Kinsman has a B.A. and M.B.A. from Boston College.
John Mueller has been promoted to national investment
only and retirement sales specialist after having served as a regional sales
specialist. His new position focuses on sales of investment products through
the Investment Only and Retirement Group. Prior to joining Pioneer, Mueller was
a regional marketing associate with Putnam Investments. He has a B.A. from
“These new additions will help us to expand our efforts to provide investment solutions to larger clients, including broker/dealer wealth management platforms, independent financial advisory firms, defined contribution providers, banks, and insurance firms,” said Joseph Kringdon, executive vice president and head of U.S. Retail Distribution, in the announcement.