This week in new hires, BlackRock brought in Mark Taborsky as senior portfolio manager; Amy Fisher joined Touchstone as senior national accounts director; Francine Lee went to Harris myCFO as director; Bob Flanagan went to Raymond James to cover technology hardware; and Jonathan Firestein joined U.S. Bank.
Also, William Harding was named head of manager research at Morningstar’s Investment Management division; Kevin T. Reynolds joined Penn Mutual as SVP and chief legal officer; Dan Meader was elected chair of the CFA Institute’s board of governors; Vijay Kumar and Pete Sutherland took new posts at IPI; Jennifer Borislow and Stephen Stahr rose in the Million Dollar Round Table’s hierarchy; and James Dornan became political director at ASPPA.
BlackRock Appoints Taborsky Senior Portfolio Manager
BlackRock, Inc. (NYSE: BLK) announced Tuesday that Mark Taborsky will join the company in the newly created position of managing director and senior portfolio manager within its multi-asset client solutions (BMACS) group, where he will have direct oversight of client assets within the U.S. fiduciary management solutions (FMS) business. He will report to Nancy Everett, managing director and head of U.S. FMS.
Most recently, he served as executive VP at PIMCO, where he was responsible for asset allocation strategies and European solutions efforts. There he led the successful build out of their liquid asset allocation fund. Previously Taborsky was managing director of the external management group at Harvard Management Company in Boston, where he managed the majority of Harvard’s external manager relationships across asset classes.
Amy Fisher Joins Touchstone Investments
Touchstone Investments announced Tuesday that Amy Fisher has joined the company as a senior national accounts director. She will be responsible for managing Touchstone relationships with broker-dealer home office personnel, including those in research, marketing, business development and sales management.
With more than 31 years of experience in the financial services industry, she joins Touchstone from Merrill Lynch. Prior to that, she was senior VP at The Phoenix Companies, as well as president/director of institutional markets of Phoenix Investment Partners. She has also held positions at Strategic Distribution Development LLC, John A. Levin & Co. Inc., Provident Investment Counsel, Oppenheimer & Co. Inc., and Shearson Lehman American Express.
Harris myCFO Appoints Lee as Director
Harris myCFO, a part of BMO Financial Group, announced Tuesday that Francine Lee has joined the organization in the role of director. She will be based in New York and will be responsible for developing client relationships in the Northeast market for both Harris Private Bank and Harris myCFO.
With more than 25 years of experience in wealth management and tax law at industry leading organizations, she served most recently as a senior vice president and head of family wealth advisory services-Americas for a global financial institution where she was responsible for family office advisory, business succession planning, family governance, next generation training, philanthropy and tax planning.
Raymond James Welcomes Bob Flanagan to Investment Banking
Raymond James Financial announced Wednesday that technology banking veteran Bob Flanagan has joined its investment banking department to lead the firm’s investment banking coverage of the technology hardware industries.
Flanagan comes to Raymond James from Oppenheimer & Co. Inc., where he managed the Silicon Valley office as the firm’s senior technology banker on the west coast. Flanagan has nearly 20 years of investment banking experience, and has been serving the semiconductor and optical networking sectors over the past decade. He joined Oppenheimer via its purchase of a major part of the U.S. capital markets business of CIBC World Markets, where he led the firm’s semiconductor industry banking practice. Previously, Flanagan was a senior technology banker at Cowen & Co. and Thomas Weisel Partners, and began his career in investment banking with Salomon Bros., Inc.
U.S. Bank Names Jonathan Firestein Head of Private Capital
U.S. Bank announced recently that Jonathan Firestein has been appointed head of private capital for Ascent Private Capital Management of U.S. Bank, a unit of U.S. Bank’s Wealth Management Group that serves ultra-high-net-worth clients with more than $25 million in individual or family wealth. He will be based in San Francisco and report to Kurt Silberstein, Ascent’s head of alternative investments.
In this position, he will lead the effort to construct the private capital investment platform for Ascent clients, including global investment strategies in venture capital, buyouts, private debt, real estate and real asset investment funds. He will also build the “impact” investment platform for Ascent clients, identifying global opportunities for clients to pursue investment opportunities with social and environmental impact as well as potential financial returns.
Firestein brings more than 14 years of investment and business development experience to the Ascent investment team, including extensive experience in leveraged buyouts. He previously served as director of research for Wells Fargo Family Wealth and as a senior associate at Rigel Associates, a California-based private equity firm.
Morningstar Names William Harding Head of Manager Research