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WASHINGTON, D.C.//February 22, 2011//Sue Duncan is the new president of the nonprofit Alliance for Investor Education (AIE), a nonprofit consortium of 19 leading trade group, governmental and quasi-governmental U.S. organizations involved in investor education. The other newly elected AIE officers are Don Blandin, vice president, and Ken McDonnell, secretary/treasurer.

Duncan, who also serves as vice president of the ICI Education Foundation (ICIEF) at the Investment Company Institute in Washington, DC, replaces Dallas Salisbury, president and CEO of the Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI), as the top officer of AIE.

At ICIEF, Duncan directs the development and implementation of investor education partnerships, grants, awards, and programs, and has overseen the production of award-winning web, print, and video resources. She is a member of the American Savings Education Council Policy Board, the Greater Washington Jump$tart Coalition Board, and has been named a delegate to the National Endowment for Financial Education's Financial Literacy Symposia.

ICIEF has been a member of the Alliance for Investor Education since it was formed in 1995. Duncan has been with ICI and ICIEF for 27 years. Recent initiatives Duncan has launched at ICIEF include a grants program to deliver innovative investor education tools and training to teachers, adults, and students throughout the greater metropolitan Washington, DC area and an awards program to encourage participation by DC schools and students in the National Financial Capability Challenge.

Don Blandin was appointed president and CEO of the Investor Protection Trust (IPT), a nonprofit organization devoted to investor education, in 2004. As president of IPT, Blandin works frequently with state securities regulators on programs to help Americans of all ages become wise and safe investors. Blandin's achievements at IPT over the past six years include: sponsorship of the "Personal Finance Guide for Military Families"; the recent Elder Investment Fraud and Financial Exploitation Prevention Program, in partnership with North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA) and the National Adult Protective Services Association (NAPSA); the Investor Education in Your Community® program; the national MoneyTrack public television series; The Campaign for Wise and Safe Investing® in partnership with the AARP Foundation, and "The Basics of Saving and Investing: Investor Education 2020."

Prior to assuming his current leadership role at IPT, Don was president of the American Savings Education Council (ASEC). Don was an appointed a delegate to both the 1998 and 2002 White House/Congressional National Summits on Retirement Savings, hosted by the president and congressional leaders.

Ken McDonnell is program director at the Employee Benefit Research Institute, director of the American Savings Education Council (ASEC) and chairman of ASEC's Policy Board. As program director with the Employee Benefit Research Institute, he has responsibility for the Retirement Confidence Survey, the country's most established and comprehensive study of the attitudes and behavior of American workers and retirees towards all aspects of saving, retirement planning, and long-term financial security; EBRI's Pension Investment Report; and EBRI's Databook on Employee Benefits.

ASEC is a national coalition of public- and private-sector institutions committed to making saving and retirement planning a priority for all Americans. McDonnell manages the Choose to Save program, a national media and web based public education and outreach program dedicated to raising awareness about the need to plan and save for long-term personal financial security. Mr. McDonnell represents ASEC on the board of directors for the Jump $tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy and participates in the advisory board to the Financial Services Roundtable's Retirement Security Coalition.


Founded in 1996, the Alliance for Investor Education Web site at http://www.InvestorEducation.org provides investors with access to a full range of information they need to make wise investment decisions. The 19-member Alliance for Investor Education is dedicated to facilitating greater understanding of investing, investments and the financial markets among current and prospective investors of all ages. We pursue initiatives for education and join with others to motivate Americans to obtain objective information and increase their knowledge and understanding of investing.

Full members of the Alliance include: American Association of Individual Investors, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants/360 Degrees of Financial Literacy, EBRI/ASEC, CFA Institute, Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc., Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Investment Company Institute Education Foundation, Investor Protection Trust, Council for Economic Education, Options Industry Council, National Endowment for Financial Education, National Futures Association, Retirement Security Project, and the Securities Investor Protection Corporation.

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission's Bureau of Consumer Protection, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, and the North American Securities Administrators Association are the governmental and quasi-governmental advisors to the Alliance.

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