WINDSOR, Conn., May 6. 2014 — LIMRA today announced it has promoted Alison Salka, Ph.D., to senior vice president and director of LIMRA research. She succeeds Robert Baranoff, who retired April 1, ending a 33-year career at LIMRA.
As head of research, Salka will be responsible for determining and implementing the strategy and direction of LIMRA's broad research program. She will oversee a team of more than 80 researchers and other staff professionals working in LIMRA's research division.
"Alison has a strong research background and has proven to be an exceptional leader in our organization," said Robert A. Kerzner, president and CEO, LIMRA LOMA and LL Global. "The challenges our members face are more varied and complex than ever. It is critical that LIMRA continues to conduct research that provides a clear picture of the trends, offering insight and knowledge about what the data means and the implications to our members' business. I am confident that Alison's vision, leadership and collaborative style will build on our current research program to ensure a robust, forward-looking program that is relevant and valuable to our members in years to come."
Salka started at LIMRA in 2012, as corporate vice president and director of LIMRA's retirement research. Under her leadership, LIMRA's retirement research program became a recognized thought leader in both the retail and institutional markets, helping member companies understand the emerging trends in the U.S. retirement market. She also played a key role in establishing the LIMRA LOMA Secure Retirement Institute, helping us become more top of mind in the retirement space.
Prior to joining LIMRA, Salka led the retirement research and competitive intelligence team at Prudential and was director of retirement research and analytics at MassMutual. She is a graduate of Gettysburg College and received an MA from the College of William and Mary and a Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University.
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