Russell Investments has appointed Shelton (Shellie) Unger as director of plan sponsor sales for Russell Indexes. Unger, who has more than thirty years of financial services experience, will lead a focused initiative to introduce the full depth and breadth of Russell Indexes’ product and service offering to the plan sponsor community in the U.S., including foundations, endowments and consultants. She joined Russell on July 18th, is based in the firm’s New York office and reports to Kevin Lohman, managing director of sales for Russell Indexes.
“With the significant challenges plan sponsors face today such as increasing market volatility, decreasing funding ratios and the uncertain market and investment climate, retirement plan sponsors need access to high quality benchmarking tools to make well informed asset allocation decisions,” said Lohman. “Shellie brings incredible insight into the needs of the plan sponsor community with a proven track record of building and motivating world class service teams to address these needs.”
Prior to joining Russell, Unger spent twenty-five years with Vanguard where she helped build a variety of successful business teams serving different aspects of the institutional retirement market. Her assignments at Vanguard included client service, operations, strategic planning, institutional sales and marketing, participant education, online strategy, international and nonprofit sales and global consultant relations. At Russell, she will lead the effort to grow awareness and expand partnerships among existing and new plan sponsor clients in the U.S., encouraging them to utilize the full depth and breadth of Russell Indexes’ benchmarking capabilities.