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Thomas D. Jones III Joins The Hartford in Senior Compliance Role

SIMSBURY, Conn., February 13, 2006 - The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc. (NYSE: HIG) announced today the appointment of Thomas D. Jones III as vice president of securities compliance for The Hartford and chief compliance officer for The Hartford Mutual Funds. Jones will head the securities compliance unit for Hartford Life, including compliance oversight of The Hartford Mutual Funds, separate accounts and alternative investments.

In his role as chief compliance officer for The Hartford Mutual Funds, Jones will report to the Mutual Fund board through Will Johnston, chairman of the compliance committee of the Mutual Fund Board of Directors. The Hartford's funds are sponsored by The Hartford Financial Services Group.

"Tom's deep experience in securities compliance matters will strengthen our commitment to compliance at The Hartford's Life Operations and The Hartford Mutual Funds. Tom's appointment exemplifies our continued commitment to delivering world-class investment management products and services to our customers in strict compliance with all laws and regulations that govern our business," said Neal Wolin, executive vice president and general counsel for The Hartford. Will Johnston added, "Tom's proven experience and record of leadership in the asset management industry position him well to oversee compliance for The Hartford Mutual Funds."

Jones was previously chief compliance officer for the SEI Funds and SEI Investments Management Corporation. At SEI, in addition to other duties, Jones was responsible for the oversight of the sub-advisors of the SEI Funds. Prior to joining SEI, he was the vice president and compliance director for Merrill Lynch Investment Managers (Americas), where he had compliance oversight for a range of investment products with assets under management of over $300 billion.

Jones received his undergraduate degree from Swarthmore College and his law degree from the University of Pennsylvania.

The Hartford is one of the largest financial services and insurance companies in the U.S., with worldwide revenues of $27.1 billion in 2005. The company is a leading provider of investment products, life insurance and group benefits; automobile and homeowners products; and business property-casualty insurance. International operations are located in Japan, Brazil and the United Kingdom.

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