Voya Financial has promoted Heather Lavallee to president of its employee benefits business. Previously, Lavallee was head of distribution for employee benefits, and also a former western regional vice president and general manager.

In this newly created role, Lavallee is responsible for all aspects of the group and voluntary insurance business, including strategy, product management, underwriting, actuarial and distribution. Before joining the company in 2008, Lavallee held senior sales and marketing management roles for other large group life, disability and stop-loss insurance providers.

Voya Financial is the new name of recently rebranded ING U.S. Its employee benefits business provides stop-loss, group life and disability income insurance products to midsize and large employers and their employees.

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