J.P. Morgan Asset Management has hired James Gearin as chief operating officer of its retirement plan services business, reporting to the unit’s CEO, David Musto.

In this role, Gearin will oversee the overall strategic direction and execution of the unit’s business operations and technology, project management and business management.

Previously, Gearin was with Knowledgent, in charge of the retirement practice. From 1983 to 2008, he worked at Fidelity, in its retirement and benefits outsourcing business.

“With more than 25 years of experience working across many facets of the retirement and financial services industry, Jim brings an exceptional track record and skill set that will enhance our business,” Musto said. “Our clients expect the finest recordkeeping and administration solutions for their plans and participants, and our reputation is built on the high-quality execution of these programs and services.”

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