Based in Charlotte, North Carolina, Rob Austin is Aon Hewitt’s Director of Retirement Research. In this role, Rob develops projects and tools to optimize and enhance retirement plan design features, investments, and communication approaches. Rob is passionate about researching what actions plan sponsors take to increase retirement savings. Rob works with the Retirement Research Team at Aon Hewitt to create unparalleled research on design and participant behavior and he also works with outside partners including academic professors from leading universities. Rob is a frequent speaker and researcher on retirement plans, his papers have been quoted in many media outlets including Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, US News and World Report, CNN Money, USA Today, ABC News, Yahoo Finance, Pensions and Investments, and Benefits Quarterly.