Retirement and Private Wealth Expert Joins Janus

Company Release - 5/18/2010 8:00 AM ET

DENVER--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Janus Capital Group Inc. (NYSE: JNS) has announced the addition of Matthew Sommer to its Retirement Strategy Group. As director and senior retirement specialist, Sommer is responsible for enhancing Janus’s service to the firm’s clients in the tax-advantaged marketplace. He will also serve as a resource and advocate for retirement issues across the firm. Sommer reports to Russ Shipman, senior vice president and managing director of the Retirement Strategy Group.

“The addition of Matt to our team is a huge win for Janus and our clients. He brings a vast reservoir of knowledge and experience in both private wealth matters and retirement issues,” said Shipman. “Matt will help us achieve our goal of providing our clients with a retirement support system that is truly best-in-class.”

Prior to joining Janus, Sommer was executive director of Thought Leadership & Professional Development with Morgan Stanley Smith Barney. During his 17 years with Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, Sommer also served in leadership roles with the Global Wealth Management, Professional Development and Retirement Planning groups. He earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Rhode Island and a master’s degree in business administration from Pace University. Sommer is a Certified Financial Planner®, Certified Private Wealth AdvisorSM and he served as a member of the SIFMA® Retirement Savings and Products Committee. Sommer also spent six years as a guest lecturer at New York University, where he taught the Certified Financial Planner® program.

"I am thrilled to join an investment management firm that is firmly committed to client service and satisfaction," said Sommer. “As more and more Americans enter retirement each year, this role allows me to do what I enjoy most, help clients successfully transition into their second act in life."

About Janus Capital Group Inc.

Janus Capital Group Inc. (JCG) is a global investment firm offering strategies from three individual investment boutiques: Janus Capital Management LLC (Janus), INTECH Investment Management LLC (INTECH) and Perkins Investment Management LLC (Perkins). Each manager employs a research intensive approach that is distinct within its respective asset class. This multi-boutique approach enables the firm to provide style-specific expertise across an array of strategies, including growth, value and risk managed equities, fixed income and alternatives through one common distribution platform.

At the end of March 2010, JCG managed $165.5 billion in assets for shareholders, clients and institutions around the globe. Based in Denver, JCG also has offices in London, Milan, Munich, Singapore, Hong Kong, Tokyo and Melbourne.

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