This week in new hires, Morningstar announced six appointments for its fund analyst research team; James Machuga joined Merk Investments; Philipp Hildebrand was named vice chairman at BlackRock; J. Bradley Ross was named president of Pyxis Capital; Cary Carbonaro of Stonegate Wealth Management joined United Capital; Tiffani Potesta was appointed at Schroders; and René Nourse announced her new company, Urban Wealth Management LLC.
Also, Peak Advisor Alliance brought in Paul West as managing director; Mark Denomme joined NewStar; Bernie Hughes joined the annuity settlement group at Mercer; Chip Roame was appointed as a trustee of the SA Funds; Karen Wimbish of Wells Fargo Retirement joined the board of directors at RIIA; and Thermon elected Kevin McGinty and John Nesser to its board of directors.
Morningstar Announces Fund Analyst Research Team Appointments
Morningstar announced several appointments on Monday within its fund analyst research team. In addition, the company is aligning its fund research coverage along four areas: active, passive, alternative, and fund of funds.
Scott Burns has been named director of fund analysis for North America. Michael Herbst has been promoted to director of active strategy research, spanning open-end and closed-end funds as well as active ETFs. Paul Justice and Ben Johnson will co-lead coverage of passive strategy research, now including both ETFs and traditional index funds. Nadia Papagiannis will continue to lead Morningstar’s alternative fund research, covering alternative mutual funds and alternative ETFs. Laura Pavlenko Lutton will be responsible for leading fund-of-fund research, including managed ETF portfolios, 529 college savings plans, and target-date funds. Lutton has also been named chair of the editorial committee that sets the overall direction for investment analysis across the four coverage areas in North America.
Merk Welcomes James Machuga
Merk Investments LLC, manager of Merk Funds, announced Tuesday the appointment of James Machuga as vice president of sales to focus on the wirehouse adviser channel, and will be partnering with wirehouse advisers across the U.S.
Prior to joining Merk, he was senior level II regional investment consultant at Fidelity Investments Institutional Services, where he was responsible for the distribution of Fidelity products to financial intermediaries.
BlackRock Names Philipp Hildebrand Vice Chairman
BlackRock recently announced the appointment of Philipp Hildebrand as vice chairman, overseeing the firm’s largest institutional client relationships in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific. His appointment is effective in October. In this new role, he will report directly to Laurence D. Fink, chairman and chief executive officer, and serve as a member of the global executive committee, as well as its EMEA and Asia Pacific executives committees.
Hildebrand brings almost 20 years of leadership experience across asset management and banking, most recently as chairman of the Swiss National Bank. He will contribute his perspective on global markets and economic trends to BlackRock’s investment teams and also represent the firm to senior government officials and regulators across EMEA and Asia Pacific. Pyxis Capital Names J. Bradley Ross President
Pyxis Capital announced Tuesday that J. Bradley Ross has been named president. His appointment is concurrent with the resignation of former Pyxis President Joe Dougherty.
With more than 25 years in the financial services industry, Ross was most recently executive vice president and national sales director of Ivy Funds, which he joined in 2003. Prior to Ivy, he was senior vice president, national sales manager, independent channel for ING Funds in Scottsdale, Ariz. He has also held senior sales, business development and marketing roles at Voyager Asset Management, Minneapolis; Van Kampen; Bankers Trust and Alliance Capital Management.
United Capital Welcomes Cary Carbonaro
United Capital Financial Advisers LLC announced that Cary Carbonaro, a partner from Stonegate Wealth Management, joined the firm. With this acquisition, 75 family relationships totaling $50 million in assets will join United Capital; Carbonaro’s typical client set ranges from $750,000–$1 million, with half her clientele residing in the New York City area and the other half living in central Florida.
Carbonaro has more than 20 years of experience, including working at JPMorgan Chase and Lord Abbett Investment Management and holding the role of vice president at Citibank. In 2001, she founded Family Financial Research, which merged with Stonegate Wealth Management in 2008.
Schroders Announces Appointment of Tiffani Potesta
Schroders announced Monday the appointment of Tiffani Potesta as head of advisory sales within the U.S. key accounts team, reporting to Erin Brenner, head of intermediary key accounts.
With more than 17 years of experience, Potesta joins Schroders from DWS Investments, where she served as director, national account manager and head of third party insurance and DCIO. Prior to joining DWS she worked as director and head of national accounts at First Eagle Funds.
René Nourse Launches Urban Wealth Management