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Towers Watson Strengthens Investment Services Team in Americas

Posted on 08 Aug 12 by Annie George

Global professional services company Towers Watson announced that industry veteran Doug Vander Linde has joined the U.S. investment services team as director, solutions and business development, Americas. Vander Linde will be based in Towers Watson's Chicago office.

Vander Linde brings 25 years of experience in business growth, marketing and product development in investments for defined benefit and defined contribution retirement plans. In his position, he will focus on business development initiatives throughout the Americas and will collaborate with Towers Watson's investment team in Europe, the Middle East and Africa on developing new investment solutions for clients and prospects.

"We are very pleased to have someone with Doug’s extensive experience, proven track record and strong business development skills join our investment team," said Christopher DeMeo, Towers Watson's head of investment, Americas. "His addition comes at a time when plan sponsors are facing a variety of retirement plan investment challenges and underscores our ongoing commitment to providing clients with innovative solutions. We look forward to his many contributions in the future."

Prior to joining Towers Watson, Vander Linde was head of business development for Mercer, where he was responsible for revenue generation and investment solutions for all institutional retirement markets. While at Mercer, he also had roles as business leader for retirement solutions and Midwest director of investment consulting. He has also held the positions of institutional sales manager for Northern Trust Global Investments and senior vice president at Putnam Investments. "
Vander Linde earned a B.S. degree in business/economics from Calvin College and an M.B.A. in finance from Keller Graduate School of Management.


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Towers Watson Investment is focused on creating financial value for the world's leading institutional investors through its expertise in risk assessment, strategic asset allocation and investment manager selection. It is a division of Towers Watson's Risk and Financial Services business, and has over 750 associates worldwide and assets under advisory of over US$2 trillion.


About Towers Watson

Towers Watson is a leading global professional services company that helps organizations improve performance through effective people, risk and financial management. The company offers solutions in the areas of benefits, talent management, rewards, and risk and capital management. Towers Watson has 14,000 associates around the world and is located on the web at