The Standard, a provider of insurance and retirement plans, has opened a new retirement plans office in Kansas City.

The company has appointed Jon Ogren to serve as pension consultant in the Kansas City office. Mr Ogren will serve a territory that includes the states of Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and Iowa.

Mr Ogren has worked to improve plan effectiveness in defined benefit plans and most types of defined contribution plans including 401(k), 403(b) and 457 plans. Most recently, he was the retirement plan specialist for the Northwestern Mutual Financial Network.

Dan Hall, regional sales vice president of The Standard, said: The opening of the Kansas City retirement plans sales office is a major step in expanding our presence in the Midwest. Jon’s depth and breadth of experience within the retirement plan industry will be a tremendous asset to brokers, financial advisors and clients in this part of the country.