Sharon Ritchey has been named executive vice president of retirement plans for The Hartford Financial Services Group.

She is replacing Jamie Ohl, who was named chief operating officer of Wilshire Funds Management on Wednesday.

Ritchey had previously been executive vice president and director of Operations, Technology and eBusiness for the company’s Wealth Management division. She has more than 26 years of financial services industry experience and has also worked at Citibank and GE Capital.

“The roles she’s held and the depth and breadth of what she’s done is impressive,” said Tim Benedict, a spokesman for The Hartford. “She has proven leadership ability.”

Ritchey, whose appointment is effective immediately, will be transitioning into the new role and getting to know the retirement business and its leaders, Benedict added. The Hartford had approximately $46.5 billion in retirement plan assets under management as of March 31.

“Retirement plans in general is a big area of focus for us,” Benedict said. “We have seen a lot of growth there. Sharon will help us continue that momentum and hopefully build on it.”

Ritchey was traveling and unavailable for comment.

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