Morningstar Investment Services, Morningstar's newly created asset management unit, has hired Jeff Winton to the newly created position of national sales director.

Winton worked most recently at Lend Lease Real Estate Investments, based in Atlanta, where he headed the firm's sales and marketing efforts for its mutual fund and managed account products.

Prior to Lend Lease, Winton served as SVP of sales and client service at Morningstar competitor Investorforce.com.

Winton now reports to Tom Florence, president of the newly-formed Morningstar subsidiary.

Morningstar said the asset management unit plans to make additional hires in coming months.

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