T. Rowe Adds to Retirement Plan Services Sales Team

February 16, 2011 (PLANSPONSOR.com) – T. Rowe Price has announced some recent hires within the Retirement Plan Services sales team.

Kimberly Baker is the new director of intermediary relations for T. Rowe Price Retirement Plan Services; Dan Darfler joined as director of national account sales; and James Quartarone joined as a retirement sales executive for T. Rowe Price Retirement Plan Services.  

According to the announcement, with more than 20 years of experience in a variety of sales, consultant relations, and marketing roles in the retirement and investment management industry, Baker will advance T. Rowe Price efforts to strengthen this critical function and drive the Retirement Plan Services division’s intermediary strategy. Most recently, Baker was vice president, consultant relations for Fidelity Investments. Prior to that she was a vice president, consultant relations at CitiStreet (now part of ING). She replaces Heidi Walsh in this role.  

In his newly-created position, Darfler will cover the high end of the large prospect segment for the full-service marketplace. He has nearly 25 years of DC industry experience, and most recently was a managing director for Prudential Retirement. Before that he was director, defined contribution for AllianceBernstein Institutional Investments, and vice president, institutional sales for JPMorgan Retirement Plan Services.   

Also in a newly-created position, Quartarone will be focused on prospects in the consultant sales channel in the western region. He has nearly 20 years of sales experience in the defined contribution industry, and most recently was a sales executive at Aon Hewitt. Prior to working at Aon Hewitt, he worked at Fidelity Investments for 18 years, most recently as vice president, account executive. .