RICHMOND, Va., Dec. 11, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Genworth Financial, Inc. (NYSE: GNW) today announced that its board of directors has selected Thomas J. McInerney as the company's president and chief executive officer, effective January 1, 2013. He also will be elected to the Genworth board of directors. James S. Riepe will continue to serve as the company's non-executive chairman of the board. McInerney has a long history in financial services businesses, previously holding senior leadership positions at both ING Groep and Aetna Financial Services. Most recently, he served as an advisor to The Boston Consulting Group. At ING, he was chief operating officer and a member of the Management Board for Insurance, responsible for the worldwide insurance and investment management businesses, encompassing some €425 billion of assets and 35,000 employees. Prior to that, he served as CEO of ING Americas, overseeing insurance, pension, and investment management businesses in the United States, Canada, and Latin America. At Aetna for more than 20 years prior to ING, McInerney last served as president of Aetna Financial Services. He was responsible for Aetna's market-leading retirement services, life insurance and annuities, and investment management businesses. As vice president of strategy, he was deeply involved in the transformation of Aetna through the sale of its Property and Casualty business and subsequent acquisition of U.S. Healthcare. McInerney graduated with honors from Colgate University in 1978 with a BA in Economics and received an MBA with a concentration in Finance and Investments from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth in 1982. For many years, he has been active with the American Council of Life Insurers and the Financial Services Roundtable, serving on each association's board and CEO committee. "We are very pleased to have someone with Tom McInerney's breadth of experience and record of achievement step into this role at Genworth," said Riepe. "With his extensive expertise in insurance and investment management, exposure to the global financial services markets, and proven track record of execution, Tom will provide strong leadership at this important time for the company as we continue towards our goal of rebuilding value for our shareholders and other stakeholders." "I'm honored to join Genworth," said McInerney, "and looking forward to working with its talented team of senior leaders and employees. It is clear that everyone at Genworth is focused on sustaining its reputation for delivering high quality products and service to its clients and distribution partners."