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George Koklanaris Named Chief of Staff at the PBGC

November 09, 2007

WASHINGTON-Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation Interim Director Charles E. F. Millard today announced the appointment of George Koklanaris as chief of staff.

Koklanaris comes to the PBGC after five years with the U.S. Small Business Administration, where he served as director of strategic alliances and assistant administrator for field operations. Prior to his federal service, Koklanaris was chief aide to Tom Bolvin of the Virginia House of Delegates. His political experience also includes a stint as a legislative aide for Bob Dix, a member of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors in Virginia. As a major in the US Army Reserves, Koklanaris served in Kuwait and Iraq as an operations officer in 2006-2007.

"In his career of service to our country, George Koklanaris has acquired invaluable leadership skills that he now brings to the PBGC," said PBGC Interim Director Charles E.F. Millard. "He has the right experience to help us accomplish our mission of protecting America's pensioners."

Koklanaris holds a B.A. in political science from the University of Georgia and a master's of public administration from Georgia State University's College of Public and Urban Affairs.

The PBGC is a federal corporation created under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974. It currently guarantees payment of basic pension benefits earned by 44 million American workers and retirees participating in more than 30,000 private-sector defined benefit pension plans. The agency receives no funds from general tax revenues. Operations are financed largely by insurance premiums paid by companies that sponsor pension plans and by investment returns.

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