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Aegon Asset Management (AAM) has appointed Tom Neukranz as US Head of Distribution, effective 20 April, 2015. 

AAM is the global, active investment management arm of Aegon NV, with centres of investment expertise in Europe and the United States and distribution across the Americas, Europe and Asia.

Neukranz, a veteran of 26 years in the financial services industry, will play a key role in implementing AAM's growth strategy for its US-based investment management operations. AAM member companies in the United States include Aegon USA Investment Management, LLC, an SEC-registered investment advisor and manager of fixed income and asset-allocation investment strategies, and Aegon USA Realty Advisors, LLC, a real estate asset manager. 

"Aegon Asset Management is strongly committed to building the size and scope of its offerings around the globe – not least of all in the United States," says Sarah Russell, Chief Executive Officer of AAM. "We are very pleased to have gained Tom Neukranz in this critical role as we prepare to expand. His breadth of experience, deep knowledge of the investment management industry and dedication to the client will help us bring our high-quality investment products and focused expertise to a broader group of investors, both retail and institutional."

Neukranz joins AAM from RS Investment Management, LLC, where he was Partner and Head of the Institutional Business. Prior to that, he worked as senior vice president of institutional sales at ING Investment Management and, earlier still, at JPMorgan Asset Management and Goldman Sachs.

"The draw of Aegon Asset Management is the caliber of the US-based investment teams and their well-defined investment process and enviable track record, combined with the opportunity to expand distribution overseas," says Neukranz. "I'm excited to join this very experienced team. Together, we'll build on the organization's performance and continue our focus on building durable client relationships of mutual trust."

In addition to spearheading sales, marketing and client service in the US, Neukranz will also serve as a member of AAM's Global Distribution Team, helping to facilitate cross-border sales of the investment mandates managed in Aegon Asset Management's US, UK and European investment managers.

About Aegon Asset Management Aegon Asset Management is a global, active investment manager. Aegon Asset Management uses its investment management expertise to help its clients manage their financial future, with a focus on excellence, trust and partnership. Investors worldwide entrust Aegon Asset Management to manage more than $366 billion on their behalf.

Positioned for success in its chosen markets (North America, the UK, Continental Europe and Asia), Aegon Asset Management's specialist teams provide high-quality investment solutions across asset classes. Its clients benefit from the leveraged international research capabilities and in-depth local knowledge of Aegon Asset Management, as well as Kames Capital, its UK investment team, and TKP Investments, its fiduciary and multi-manager investment team in the Netherlands.

Aegon Asset Management is part of Aegon, one of the world's leading financial services organisations, providing life insurance, pensions and asset management.

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