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A Familiar Face Takes Charge as Acting Director

Tuesday September 23, 2014

Earlier this month, Labor Secretary Thomas Perez visited PBGC to praise the agency for its good works and to acknowledge PBGC's 40th anniversary. At the same time, the agency officially ushered in a new era of leadership.

Alice Maroni was introduced as the Acting Director. Maroni is no stranger to the agency, serving as Chief Management Officer for the past three years. During his talk, Perez praised Maroni with a vote of confidence, saying the agency will be well-served by her leadership. "You are in very good hands with Alice." he said. "And we have all the confidence in the world, as I suspect you do as well, in her many talents."

Those talents were honed by a distinguished career in public service. Maroni spent a decade at the Smithsonian as Chief Financial Officer, before coming to PBGC in May 2011. Prior to that, she held leadership and management positions at the Department of Defense and on Capitol Hill.

"If you know me, then you know that I am committed to the mission of PBGC," Maroni said in her first agency wide address as Acting Director.

But the mission is more complicated in the current retirement landscape. As Perez noted in his remarks, challenges such as company de-risking and troubled multiemployer plans remain in need of good solutions.

While unclear how long Maroni will stay at the reins, it's certain she's up for the challenge.

"It is with honor that I accept my new responsibilities," she said. "While I can't know how long I will serve in this capacity, I look forward to hearing your views, working with you to identify any areas ripe for improvement, and providing outstanding service to our customers."