Dennis Simmons

Executive Director: Dennis Simmons

Dennis Simmons is the Executive Director for CIEBA, the Committee on Investment of Employee Benefit Assets.

Prior to joining CIEBA in 2017, Dennis was a senior Principal with Vanguard, working with the Malvern, Pennsylvania-based investment firm for over 20 years. At Vanguard, Dennis served in many policy-making and leadership roles, including heading Vanguard’s retirement savings legal and government policy efforts for the Vanguard International Division, heading Vanguard’s ERISA Legal and Fiduciary Services Group, and the Vanguard Strategic Retirement Consulting Group. Dennis also served as lead counsel on several employee benefits committees responsible for the design and administration of Vanguard’s global retirement and health and welfare programs.

Dennis has served on various committees for important retirement savings industry groups over the years, including serving as Chair of both global and US retirement savings and pension committees. Dennis is also a past member of the U.S. Department of Labor’s ERISA Advisory Council, the council established under federal law to give recommendations to the U.S. Secretary of Labor on important policy issues that affect retirement savings and health and welfare plans.

Dennis earned a B.A. in economics and a B.S. in business administration from Roanoke College. He also earned his J.D., cum laude, from Widener University School of Law.

Acting Executive Director: Ray Kanner

Starting in 2007 Ray Kanner headed IBM's global pension and savings fund system in White Plains, NY, overseeing directly and indirectly approximately $140 billion of IBM pension and savings funds worldwide. He joined the Retirement Funds in 1993 with responsibility for IBM's Savings Plan. He assumed responsibility for non-US Equities in 1995 and was promoted to Director of Global Equity in 1998. Prior to joining the Retirement Fund, he was with IBM's Credit Corporation where he held positions in Treasury, Mortgages and Credit. Ray left IBM to become CIEBA's acting executive director in July 2016.

He earned an MBA and MPh from New York University and a BS from Brooklyn College. He has held various part-time teaching positions at NYU, Brooklyn College and Long Island University. He is currently a board member of the Emerging Markets Growth Fund, an advisory board member of the Russell Index Committee, vice chair of CIEBA and a member of a few philanthropic boards.
He lives in Long Island, NY with his wife and they have five children and two grandchildren.


AaronPublic Policy Coordinator: Aaron Marks 

Aaron Marks is the Public Policy Coordinator at CIEBA. He helps plan and manage logistics for CIEBA meetings and coordinates membership services. Prior, to joining CIEBA, he interned for the Office of Senator Robert Menendez, as well as for EMILY’s List. He has also served the field staffs of several electoral campaigns. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Public Communication from American University in 2015.


MichaelGeneral Counsel: Michael Kreps

Michael P. Kreps is a principal at Groom Law Group, where he counsels employers, plan sponsors, financial institutions, trade associations, and coalitions on retirement, health, tax, and employment matters.  Mr. Kreps specializes in issues relating to public policy, fiduciary responsibility, and plan funding and restructuring.  

Previously, Mr. Kreps served as the Senior Pensions and Employment Counsel for the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions from the 110th through the 114th Congresses.  In that role, he managed all aspects of the Committee’s retirement agenda and had primary staff responsibility for pension legislation, including the pension investment provisions of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, the funding stabilization and Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation reform provisions of the MAP-21 Act of 2012, the Pension Relief Act of 2010, and the CSEC Pension Flexibility Act.  He also led the Committee’s oversight of regulatory activities involving employee benefit plans.