New Hire Roundup: Mercer Investments Adds 4

Tonnie Wybensinger joins the Financial Services Roundtable; more

This week in personnel announcements and new hires, Tonnie Wybensinger went to the Financial Services Roundtable, Mercer Investments welcomed four, David Levenson was named board chairman of the LIMRA LOMA Secure Retirement Institute, and AssetMark welcomed Cathy Clauson.

Also, Brandon Saliba and Rocky Irinaga joined the Private Client Reserve of U.S. Bank, Denis Parisien went to Schroders, and the Phoenix Cos. welcomed Diana Piquette.

Mercer Welcomes Four

Mercer Investments announced that it has hired four professionals. Jean-Daniel Cȏté has rejoined Mercer’s Canadian consulting team with a primary focus on DC consulting relationships. Rich Dabrowski has rejoined Mercer and will focus on corporate DB and DC consulting. Peter Grant will work primarily with corporate DB and DC plans and hospital investment pools including foundation, operating and self-insurance assets. Mike Paolucci will be responsible for corporate DB and DC relationships as well as advising health care clients.

Cȏté has more than 25 years of experience in pension consulting, DC administration, retirement planning and investments. He was with Mercer from 2008 to 2012, and was most recently with ACT Actuaries in Montreal until returning. Prior to his earlier experience at the firm, he held several executive positions in financial services organizations in Canada and France, including as a partner at Morneau Sobeco and as president of Performa Financial Group, part of Standard Life.

Dabrowski has 26 years of consulting and investment management experience. He began his career at Mercer Investment Consulting and held a number of senior leadership roles including midwest practice head and director of manager research. Prior to rejoining the firm, he was with Strategic Investment Solutions SIS, responsible for client development, investment policy and global manager research.

Grant has more than 20 years of experience in investment consulting, first with Aon Hewitt in the 1990s and most recently at Towers Watson.

Paolucci has more than 15 years of experience in investment consulting, most recently as a client relationship manager at Segal Rogerscasey, where he advised corporate pension plan sponsors and endowments and foundations. Previously he was with R.V. Kuhns & Associates.

Wybensinger Joins Financial Services Roundtable

The Financial Services Roundtable announced that Tonnie Wybensinger is joining as its new vice president of government affairs for investment management. In this role, she will focus heavily on guiding the policy and regulatory efforts for FSR’s investment management portfolio.

Wybensinger most recently worked as the staff director for the Senate Banking Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Protection under ranking member Senator Pat Toomey, R-Pa. She previously served as chief of staff to House Financial Services Reps. Blaine Luetkemeyer, R-Mo., Bill Posey, R-Fla., and Tom Feeney, R-Fla.), as well as legislative director to then-Rep. Pat Toomey, R-Pa. She also served as the director of financial policy at the Investment Company Institute.

Levenson Named Board Chair at LIMRA LOMA Secure Retirement Institute

The LIMRA LOMA Secure Retirement Institute has announced that its board has unanimously elected David Levenson to be the first chairman and Kent Callahan to be vice chairman. Callahan will succeed Levenson in 2015 as chair.

Levenson is a principal at Edward Jones, which he joined in 2012. Prior to that, he was president of the wealth management division for The Hartford.

Callahan has 30 years of experience in the financial services industry, including 25 years with Aegon/Transamerica . He is a member of the Transamerica U.S. Management board and serves as president and CEO of the employer solutions and pension division.

Clauson Goes to AssetMark

AssetMark Inc. has announced that Cathy Clauson has joined the firm as director of sales strategy, operations and administration. In this newly created position, she will report to Dan O’Toole, senior vice president, national director of sales and consulting.

Clauson brings more than 20 years of experience in the financial services industry, and served most recently as a vice president of advisory sales, relationship and channel management at Advent Software/Black Diamond. Prior to Advent, she held numerous senior-level roles at Charles Schwab in both the advisor and retail business lines.

Saliba, Irinaga Join Private Client Reserve of U.S. Bank

The Private Client Reserve of U.S. Bank has announced that Brandon Saliba has joined as sevior vice president and wealth management advisor in Las Vegas, and Rocky Irinaga has joined as senior portfolio manager in Portland.

Saliba, with more than 18 years of experience, was previously vice president, private banker with Morgan Stanley Wealth Management. He also served with Bank of America for 15 years in numerous sales and management positions.

Irinaga has more than  39 years of financial services experience. Prior to joining, he was a senior vice president and senior portfolio manager for U.S. Trust, Bank ofAmericaPrivate Wealth Management Private Advisory Services.

Parisien Goes to Schroders

Schroder Investment Management North America Inc., a unit of Schroders plc, has announced that Denis Parisien has been named portfolio manager and member of the emerging market debt team. He will report to James Barrineau, co-head of emerging market debt relative, and will focus on emerging market corporates, supporting several portfolios under Barrineau.

Parisien joins from Deutsche Bank Securities in New York, where he served as head of emerging market corporate debt research and strategy for nearly four years. Prior to that, he worked for Santander Investment Securities in New York, where he spent two years as executive director and head of Latin American fixed income research and two years as head of Latin American credit research. Earlier he served as SVP and head of research for the Americas at Standard New York Securities in Miami for five years.

Phoenix Companies Adds Piquette

Diana Piquette has joined the Phoenix Cos., Inc. as second vice president, GAAP accounting and assistant controller. She reports to Douglas Miller, SVP and chief accounting officer.

Piquette was previously an audit manager at Deloitte & Touche, focused on life insurance accounts.

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