Group Retirement Services appointment notice

April 7, 2014

From Nadia Darwish, Vice-President, Market Development, Group Retirement Services

I am pleased to announce that Alexandra Barbu has been appointed Assistant Vice-President, Investment Solutions, effective April 1, 2014.

Sun Life Financial's leadership position in the group retirement services market is due in part to the industry-leading investment platform we provide. The success of this platform is the focus of our Investment Solutions team, who work in close partnership with investment managers, plan advisors, consultants and sponsors.

You may be familiar with Alex, who joined Sun Life Financial in 2009 as an Investment Solutions Executive with Group Retirement Services (GRS). During this time, she has been instrumental in evaluating our funds and enhancing our investment platform, and has played an increasingly important role providing investment expertise to our management team. She has demonstrated exceptional leadership skills, actively leading key projects and advocating for the needs of GRS, our clients and our business partners.

Alex is currently working from our Calgary office and will be based out of Toronto in her new role. She will set the strategic direction on investment-related matters in GRS, lead a team of investment professionals across Canada, oversee relationships with investment managers, and support new investment products and services as they come to market.

Prior to joining Sun Life Financial, Alex held positions as an investment consultant and investment analyst with large Canadian financial institutions. She has over ten years of pension and investment consulting experience, having provided investment manager research, performance monitoring and consulting services to various defined contribution, defined benefit, endowment and foundation clients. She is a graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University and holds the Honours Bachelor of Business Administration.

Alex, along with all the members of the Investment Solutions team, look forward to continuing to work closely with all our business partners to provide our clients with innovative investment solutions to meet the changing needs of our plan members.


Nadia Darwish