James Danaher is a senior vice president and managing director of defined contribution solutions at Northern Trust Global Investments, the asset management arm of Northern Trust Company, Chicago. His primary responsibilities include directing the structure, implementation and maintenance of investment products for defined contribution plans. This includes the management of research to identify new investment products, enhancing existing offerings, including target retirement date investments, and developing new distribution strategies to the marketplace. He serves as a conduit between investment teams that include portfolio management and investment strategy, and Northern Trust's distribution groups. He is a member of the Northern Trust defined contribution investment policy committee, which oversees the management of the Northern Trust Focus Funds, Northern Trust's flagship target retirement date series. He guides Northern Trust's ongoing defined contribution research series, The Path Forward, and continually authors research on defined contribution plans for Northern Trust's global investment publication, Point of View.
Prior to joining Northern Trust in 2008, Jim was an investment advisor with Aon Investment Consulting. His primary responsibilities included the sales and support of investment policy development, fund evaluation and management searches, and investment education strategies for qualified retirement plans. He has more than 20 years of experience in providing guidance to plan sponsors for their defined contribution programs. He has testified before the ERISA Advisory Council's Working Group on Financial Literacy of Plan Participants and the Role of the Employer. He has worked with several large employers in the financial services, hospitality and telecommunications industries. His largest client engagement to date involved a defined contribution program with more than 200,000 participants. Jim attended St. Louis University and has attained his series 6 and 63 FINRA registrations. He is a member of the Defined Contribution Institutional Investment Association.