This week in new hires, Kent Christian was named the new president of FiNet; BlackRock named Mark Howard-Johnson head of global real estate securities management; Ross Hikida became a member of AARM Corp.’s board of directors; and Arthur Georgantas joined New York Life Retirement Plan Services.
Also, American Century named Peter Cieszko to its management committee and Citi Private Bank welcomed two from J.P. Morgan Private Wealth Management.
Wells Fargo Names New FiNet Chief
Wells Fargo Advisors said Tuesday that Kent Christian is the new president of Wells Fargo Advisors Financial Network (FiNet), the firm’s independent channel. Christian (right) replaces John Peluso, who was recently tapped to become president of First Clearing Correspondent Services, a non-bank affiliate of Wells Fargo (WFC).
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“Kent brings to FiNet essential experience, an informed perspective and leadership skills that will help us to further strengthen our firm’s attractiveness to a growing number of entrepreneurial minded, independent advisors,” said Wells Fargo Advisors CEO and President Danny Ludeman in a press release.
Read the full story about Kent Christian’s appointment at AdvisorOne.
BlackRock Appoints Mark Howard-Johnson Head of Global Real Estate Securities
BlackRock announced Monday the launch of its global real estate securities capability and the appointment of industry veteran Mark Howard-Johnson as global head of real estate securities management to lead its development. One of his first priorities is to build a global team that will work closely with BlackRock’s real estate research and investment professionals to identify and pursue investible trends in the real estate industry, and will also look to leverage the expertise of the firm’s fundamental equity teams.
Most recently, Howard-Johnson served as chief investment officer at Building & Land Technology, where he was responsible for launching its real estate securities management effort. Previously, he was global head and CIO of REIT management at Goldman Sachs Asset Management.
Ross Hikida Joins Board at AARM Corp.
Alternative Asset Risk Management (AARM) Corp. announced June 1 that Ross Hikida has joined the company’s board of directors.
Hikida most recently served as president and representative director of BlackRock Japan Co. and as CEO of Barclays Global Investors Japan Limited. He held executive responsibility for businesses with client assets of $200 billion.
New York Life Retirement Appoints Georgantas as Senior Taft-Hartley RM