Sawyer to Lead DC Product Management at BAML

July 13, 2011 ( - Dee Sawyer has been appointed Head of Defined Contribution (DC) Product Management at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. 


Effective August 8, Sawyer will be responsible for the strategy, development, pricing and implementation of DC products and services, reporting to Steve Ulian, Head of Institutional Retirement & Benefit Solutions at the firm.   

Sawyer joined the organization in October 2010 as Director of Channel Strategy and Development for Business Retirement Solutions. Since then, according to an internal announcement, she has successfully led the development and execution of go-to-market strategy across the firm’s Advisor Alliance, SEP, Simple, Basic, Investment Link and RCMA Investment Only Account offerings. Prior to Bank of America Merrill Lynch, she held several senior product management, client management and marketing roles during her 15-year tenure at Fidelity Investments, including senior positions within their 401(k) business.  

The announcement from Ulian notes that Rich Linton, head of Business Retirement Solutions, will soon begin reviewing candidates to fill Sawyer’s current role.  Ulian also thanked Gary DeMaio who assumed interim leadership of the DC Product Management group in February of this year.  “Gary has done a tremendous job leading the organization during this time, and will continue to be a key senior member of the DC product team,” according to the announcement.