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January 01 2010

ING Top Executive Tom McInerney Joins Operation HOPE National Board of Directors

New commitment strengthens nonprofit’s silver rights movement for empowerment

Los Angeles - January 20, 2010 - Financial literacy and empowerment nonprofit Operation HOPE (HOPE), is pleased to announce that Thomas J. McInerney, Member of the (Global) Management Board ING Insurance, has accepted a position on the HOPE National Board of Directors. In his new position, Mr. McInerney will help strengthen HOPE’s mission to eradicate poverty and bring opportunity to underserved communities.

“I am honored to serve an organization that has already done so much for the community,” said Mr. McInerney. “It is my pleasure to help Operation HOPE continue its mission to eradicate poverty and empower the underserved.”

Tom McInerney is responsible for ING’s insurance board and investment business in the U.S., Latin America, Central Europe, Benelux and Asia. As one of the leading providers of retirement, investment, mutual funds, insurance, employee benefits, reinsurance and asset management products and services in the United States, ING has been setting the standard in helping customers manage their financial future since 1991.

“I am proud to welcome my friend Tom McInerney, to HOPE’s National Board of Directors. His business acumen, vision and commitment to the community will go a long way towards strengthening our efforts to empower the underserved,” said HOPE Founder, Chairman and best-selling author, John Hope Bryant. “HOPE is also pleased to recognize Rhonda Mims for her ongoing dedication to the organization. As a result of ING’s contribution, Banking on Our Future has educated more than 17,000 students in the Atlanta area since 2004 and over 425,000 globally since the program began.”

Rhonda Mims, ING Foundation President and Head of Community Relations, who served with distinction on HOPE boards, was instrumental in helping establish Banking on Our Future, HOPE's youth financial literacy program, in the Atlanta area.

McInerney’s solid background in the financial world as well as extensive experience working with organizations such as National Conference for Community and Justice (NCCJ) and as a board member at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, make him a welcome addition to an already strong national board.

Mr. McInerney began board service on HOPE’s Global Board in 2007. He is also featured as one of Bryant’s inspirations in his popular book LOVE LEADERSHIP: A NEW WAY TO LEAD IN A FEAR-BASED WORLD.

A complete 2010 list of HOPE’s National Board may be viewed at http://www.operationhope.org/smdev/clst20.php?id=165 and information on LOVE LEADERSHIP can be found at www.operationhope.org.

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