President and CEO
American Beacon Advisors
Gene Needles, Jr., serves as president and CEO of American Beacon and as president of the American Beacon Funds. He most recently served as president of Touchstone Investments, part of the Western & Southern Financial Group. Mr. Needles was with AIM Investments from 1993 through 2007, progressing from regional vice president to president and CEO of AIM Distributors in 2004. In this role, he was responsible for distributing products that included mutual funds, exchange traded funds, separate accounts, variable annuities, sub-advised portfolios, collective trusts, offshore funds, retirement plans, and college savings plans. In addition, Mr. Needles worked as a vice president at Putnam Investments and MetLife State Street before moving to AIM. He received a BA in English from Iowa State University in 1978.