Touchstone Investments Announces New Leader

October 20, 2008 ( - Touchstone Investments announced today that Gene L. Needles, Jr. has joined the company as president.

According to the announcement, Needles will have overall responsibility for Touchstone Investments including the company’s business management and strategy, directing all aspects of distribution, product management, marketing, administration, advisory services and relationship management as well as acquisition activities.

Needles has 27 years experience in the financial services industry, the announcement said. Most recently, he served as president and chief executive officer of AIM Distributors where his responsibilities included the oversight of all U.S. retail distribution.

Prior to his career with Invesco AIM, Needles held positions with MetLife, State Street and Putnam Investments.

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