Dutch financial services provider ING Group has appointed Heather Lavallee as new president of its Employee Benefits Distribution.

In her new role, Lavallee will be responsible for the business’ group and voluntary distribution teams and overall marketing efforts across the US.

Most recently, she served as a regional vice president and general manager of ING Employee Benefits.

ING Employee Benefits offers traditional group life insurance, disability income insurance, and stop-loss insurance to employers, and voluntary benefits to employees.

Lavallee joined ING in 2008 as regional vice president and general manager for their Western region.

Before to ING, she worked at Mutual of Omaha, as a regional vice president of the group insurance division for their western region, and also served at Sun Life New York Insurance and Annuity.

ING US Insurance CEO Butch Britton said Heather’s depth of experience and proven track record gives ING great confidence she will lead the employee benefits distribution team to new heights.

"As we continue to grow our Employee Benefits business, her leadership will be critical to its success," Britton said.