New Hire Roundup: Piccone to Lead SEC Exam Program in Denver

McNeill to join Phoenix Cos. as senior VP; more

Phoenix Cos., WBI and Preqin announce personnel moves. Phoenix Cos., WBI and Preqin announce personnel moves.

This week in personnel announcements and new hires, Thomas Piccone was named by the SEC to lead the national exam program in its Denver regional office; Ernest McNeill Jr. joined the Phoenix Cos.; and WBI Investments promoted Matt Woehnker.

Also, David Brierwood joined Preqin’s board of directors and CAPTRUST hired Drew McCorkle.

Piccone to Head SEC Exam Program

The SEC has announced that Thomas Piccone will lead the national exam program in its Denver regional office. As associate regional director for examinations, he will now oversee examinations of broker-dealers and transfer agents as well as investment advisors and investment companies throughout an eight-state region.

Piccone joined the SEC’s Denver office staff in 1997, beginning as an enforcement attorney, and later held positions of branch chief, trial counsel, and special counsel before transitioning to the examination program. He later became the assistant director for the office’s examination program overseeing investment advisors and investment companies. Earlier he practiced law with Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP. He previously served as a law clerk for U.S. District Court Judge Alfred Arraj, and prior to law school he was employed as a member of the management information consulting division of Arthur Andersen & Co.

McNeill to Join Phoenix Cos.

The Phoenix Cos. announced that Ernest McNeill Jr. will join the firm as senior vice president and accounting officer. He will report to Bonnie Malley, executive vice president and chief financial officer.

McNeill most recently served as senior vice president, corporate accounting, for the financial services businesses of Fidelity Investments. Previously, he held various senior finance roles at the Hartford Financial Services Group, including serving as chief accounting officer, Hartford Life, Inc., and as vice president and director, the Hartford Investment Management Co. Earlier in his career he was chief financial officer and assistant treasurer at Connecticut’s Office of the State Treasurer, vice president and controller at Advest Bank and an audit manager at Coopers & Lybrand.

WBI Promotes Woehnker

WBI Investments announced that Matt Woehnker has been promoted to director of business development.

Woehnker joined the firm in 2012 as regional director. Previous work experience includes roles as business development associate at BlackRock’s iShares and regional consultant at Lord Abbett.

Brierwood Joins Preqin Board

David Brierwood has joined the board of directors at alternative assets consultant Preqin as a nonexecutive director.

With extensive experience in investment data analytics and solutions, Brierwood most recently held the role of Chief Operating Officer at MSCI.

CAPTRUST Welcomes McCorkle

CAPTRUST Financial Advisors has hired as vice president, financial advisor. He will be based in the firm's Atlanta office.

McCorkle joins from Hewitt EnnisKnupp where he was a partner. Previously, he was a partner at Arthur Andersen and a law partner and trial attorney in Washington

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