Asset management firm Curian Capital has added two new executives, Bill Thomas and Bret Young, to its distribution team.

Curian manufactures and distributes asset management solutions and investment strategies to financial advisors and currently has $8.2 billion in assets under management.

Thomas joins Curian as senior vice president of distribution for RIAs, working to promote Curian’s position in the RIA market. Prior to joining Curian, Thomas founded Grail Advisors and served as senior vice president and head of distribution for Schwab Investment Management. According to Curian President and Chief Executive Office Michael Bell, “Bill will leverage his past success in the ETF industry to explore product expansion opportunities across all distribution channels.”

Young will serve as senior vice president of institutional distribution, focusing on Curian’s expansion and distribution into more institutional markets such as pensions, endowments and bank trusts. Young has previously served as director of institutional sales at Thomson, Horstmann & Bryant, and senior vice president and institutional sales leader for GE Asset Management.

“Bill and Bret are each uniquely suited to lead Curian’s growth into the RIA and institutional channels, respectively. With their help, we will continue to deliver excellent value to our clients with the same level of quality service that Curian is known for,” Bell said.

Kylie Hennagin writes for Financial Planning.