The Newport Group, a provider of retirement and executive benefit plans, has appointed George Sutherland as the new vice president for retirement services.

In his new role, Mr Sutherland will be responsible for all aspects of sales and marketing for the company’s retirement plan services. He is expected to manage client development, and execute a strategic sales process which expands the company’s growth in retirement services industry.

Mr Sutherland will also continue to enhance relationships with third-party intermediaries and national alliances who market the company’s services. The company’s regional directors and retirement services managers will report directly to him.

Most recently, Mr Sutherland was a senior vice president with MassMutual. Prior to this, he was senior vice president, national director of emerging market sales with Wachovia, where he was responsible for sales distribution and management of the firm’s sales desk.

Dennis Sain, senior vice president of retirement services at Newport, said: “George is a seasoned executive with a solid track record of success in leading sales with major financial services organizations.”