Business 100 - 2009

Kathleen Murphy

Kathleen Murphy/ING US Wealth Management

Kathleen Murphy is Chief Executive Officer of ING U.S. Wealth Management. Her responsibilities include leading the Retirement Services and Retail Annuity businesses of ING, with pretax earnings in 2007 of over $1 billion, as well as ING’s Broker Dealer network, which is one of the largest independent broker dealer systems in the country. As CEO, Murphy is charged with leading thousands of employees and well over one hundred and fifty thousand distribution partners to drive growth and value creation while continually enhancing the company’s competitive positioning. Murphy joined ING in 2000, after ING’s acquisition of Aetna Financial Services. Prior to this acquisition, she served as General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer of Aetna. Murphy holds a Juris Doctorate degree with highest honors from the University of Connecticut, and graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in both Economics and Political Science from Fairfield University.  She is a third-generation Irish-American – her father Charles Murphy’s family hailed from Cork, while her mother Christine Connor’s family were originally from Kerry. She is married to George Hornyak and has a six-year-old son Jack.