Retirement Plans

American Retirement Association brings on two industry veterans

Will Hansen was named chief governmental affairs officer and Allison Wielobob, general counsel, at the American Retirement Association, a retirement industry trade group.

Mr. Hansen started Monday. The position is new.

Ms. Wielobob, who will start Jan. 28, replaces Craig Hoffman, who will join law firm Trucker Huss in April.

"Their combined experience on the Hill, familiarity with the regulatory environment, their knowledge of our members' concerns and their passion for strengthening American workers' retirement will be essential," ARA CEO Brian H. Graff said in a news release. "The importance of the nation's retirement plan system has never been more evident, and we anticipate an even higher level of retirement policy activity in the coming years."

Mr. Hansen was senior vice president of retirement and compensation policy at the ERISA Industry Committee, where he led ERIC's efforts to develop and advocate for retirement and compensation public policy priorities. ERIC spokeswoman Kelly Broadway said in an email Monday that Aliya Robinson will replace Mr. Hansen, effective Feb. 1. Ms. Robinson was executive director of retirement policy at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Chamber spokeswoman Katherine Knight said in an email that no announcements on Ms. Robinson's replacement have been made.

Mr. Hansen also previously was the executive director of the congressional Joint Economic Committee, as well as legislative counsel for Sen. Robert Casey Jr., D-Pa., and as legislative director for Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis.

Ms. Wielobob was counsel at law firm Eversheds Sutherland. She previously worked for 10 years as an attorney with the Department of Labor, where she was on the staff of the office of regulations and interpretations of the Employee Benefits Security Administration. During her tenure at the DOL, she worked on ERISA fiduciary issues and many of the department's major initiatives, including retirement plan fee disclosure and default investment alternatives, according to the news release.