Gene has served as the Chief Executive Officer and President of American Beacon Advisors, Inc. since April 2009. Mr. Needles also serves as the President, Executive Vice President and Portfolio Manager for various American Beacon Funds. He served as the President at Touchstone Investments from 2008 to 2009. Prior to that, he was with AIM Investments from 1993 through 2007. He served as the Chief Executive Officer and President at Invesco AIM Distributors, Inc., from 2004 to 2007, where 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 his years before, Mr. Needles served as a Vice President at Putnam Investments and Putnam LLC where he oversaw business management and strategy, distribution, product management, marketing, administration, advisory services, and acquisitions at Putnam. Mr. Needles also served as a Vice President of MetLife State Street. Mr. Needles received a Bachelor of Arts in English with a minor in Economics from Iowa State University in 1978.