BOSTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–NEPC, LLC, one of the largest independent, research-driven investment consulting firms, today announced that former Aon executive Bill Ryan joined the firm as Partner and Head of Defined Contribution (DC) Solutions, effective November 1.

In the newly created role, Ryan helps lead the way NEPC serves DC plan sponsors, ensuring the firm’s solutions address challenges like governance model support, operational risk management, and using participant level data to enhance plan design.

“While their teams and resources have decreased, plan sponsors today face increasingly complicated challenges,” said Craig Svendsen, NEPC Partner and Corporate Practice Director. “Bill will help us more efficiently deliver the strategic, innovative solutions our clients need. As plans evolve, we’ll always stay a step ahead to prepare our clients for what’s next.”

Prior to joining NEPC, Ryan was Head of North America DC Multi-Asset Solutions at Aon where he advised 21 of Pensions & Investments’ (P&I) top 100 DC plan sponsors and was entrusted with more than $800 billion in retirement savings for 60 million participants. He also led the firm’s Custom DC Solutions Team, which was responsible for over $500 billion of bespoke solutions.

“Joining NEPC allows me to build on its foundation of over 200 DC clients to create and deliver tailored, innovative solutions that address their unique needs,” said Ryan. “I’ll be focusing on helping clients effectively use plan data to evaluate investment efficiencies and expanding NEPC’s retirement income solutions expertise. Sponsors deserve the independence, innovation, and commitment that NEPC delivers.”

Ryan is an Executive Committee member and Chair of the Investment Policy and Design Committee for the DC Institutional Investment Association. He has received several P&I Eddy Awards as plan sponsor, was named a 2020 Power Broker in Employee Benefits as an investment consultant by Risk & Insurance Magazine, and was a 2013 finalist for PLANSPONSOR’s Plan Sponsor of the Year.

Learn more about NEPC’s Defined Contribution Team here.


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