Insurance company The Newport Group has appointed Vanessa Watkins as the company's new vice president of strategic alliances. Ms Watkins was previously the company's director of retirement plan services.

In her new role, Ms Watkins will collaborate with Newport’s growing number of alliances—which include some of the important firms in the financial services arena. She will work with these firms at the corporate level to support their marketing strategies through targeted sales campaigns, product rollouts and new technology development.

Tom Pittman, chief marketing officer, said: When leading financial advisors need full-service retirement programs, they increasingly turn to Newport for customized solutions and high-touch service. With more than 20 years of experience marketing financial services, Vanessa fully understands the needs and goals of these companies.