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New Hire Roundup: Benartzi to Serve as Achaean Academic Advisor

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HandshakeThis week in new hires, Achaean Financial announced that Professor Shlomo Benartzi would become its first academic advisor; Michele Wein Layne was named regional director of the SEC’s Los Angeles regional office; Matt Browning and Monica Bacon-Proctor joined Securities America; Barbara Hume went to IRI; Doug Rao and Joshua Rubin left Marsico; and Norm Boersma became chief investment officer of Templeton Global Equity Group.

Also, Stephen Barbaro announced plans to retire from Columbia Management Investment Advisors; Nigel Hart succeeded Michael Carey as fund co-manager at BlackRock; John Tsai stepped up on an MFS fund as Robert Lau is stepping down; Mark Dehmel moved up at New York Life; and Michael Brown joined Dowling & Yahnke.

Achaean Financial Welcomes Benartzi as Academic Advisor

Achaean Financial announced recently that Professor Shlomo Benartzi, a leading authority on behavioral finance, has agreed to serve as the firm’s first academic advisor. In this role, he will help Achaean better incorporate ideas from behavioral finance into its existing Retirement Outcome software and into the new tools currently in development by the firm.

Benartzi, currently a professor and co-chairman of the behavioral decision-making group at UCLA Anderson School of Management, is co-founder of the Behavioral Finance Forum, a collective of 40 prominent academics and 40 major financial institutions from around the globe. The Forum helps consumers make better financial decisions by fostering collaborative research efforts between academics and industry leaders. One of his most significant research contributions is the development of Save More Tomorrow (SMarT), a behavioral prescription designed to help employees increase their savings rates gradually over time.

SEC Names Layne Regional Director of Los Angeles Regional Office

The SEC announced July 19 that Michele Wein Layne has been named regional director of the Los Angeles regional office, effective immediately. She will manage the examination and enforcement programs that operate out of the Los Angeles office, which has a staff of more than 120 and primarily covers the SEC’s examination and enforcement efforts in southern California, Arizona, Nevada, Hawaii and Guam.

Layne has been an associate regional director for enforcement in the L.A. office since 2005. She began her SEC career 17 years ago as a staff attorney in the enforcement division and has been serving as the co-acting regional director since the departure of prior office director Rosalind Tyson earlier this year. Prior to joining the SEC staff in 1995, she worked in private practice for 11 years at the law firms of Dewey & LeBoeuf and Buchalter Nemer.

Securities America Welcomes Browning, Bacon-Proctor

Securities America recently announced that Matt Browning and Monica Bacon-Proctor have become registered representatives with the firm.

Browning’s business, MB Financial, is located in Jonesboro, Ark. He joined the financial services industry in 2006 with Edward Jones. Bacon-Proctor, with 30 years in the financial services industry, is joining Securities America advisor Garrett Morgan at Fountainhead Wealth in Sacramento, Calif. She spent 18 years providing financial planning services for clients; then, from 2001 to 2004, she worked on the corporate side of the financial services industry. Subsequently she returned to working with individuals.

IRI Welcomes Barbara Hume as Vice President of Membership

The Insured Retirement Institute (IRI) announced recently that Barbara Hume has joined the association’s staff as its new vice president of membership. Hume brings more than 30 years of industry experience in retirement services and annuity sales and marketing. Most recently, she was the chief marketing officer for annuity/retirement and distribution marketing at Sun Life Financial.

Before joining, she was the chief marketing officer for Data Life, a software solutions provider for the insurance industry. During her career she also served as divisional vice president, investment and income division at MetLife; vice president, annuities and retirement services at Prudential Investments; and vice president, variable product management at Connecticut Mutual Financial Services.

Rao, Rubin Depart Marsico

Fund manager Doug Rao, who helmed the Marsico Flexible Capital Fund (MFCFX) and served as co-manager of the Marsico Growth Fund (MGRIX) and Marsico Focus Fund (MFOCX), became the most recent portfolio manager to leave Marsico Capital Management. He will be replaced as portfolio manager of the Flexible Capital Fund by Munish Malhotra and Jordon Laycob. Marsico CEO Thomas Marsico and Coralie Witter remain as co-managers of the latter two funds.

Joshua Rubin, a co-manager on the Marsico Emerging Markets Fund (MERGX), also announced he would be departing the firm, leaving Munish Malhotra in sole charge of the Emerging Markets Fund.

Boersma Named CIO at Templeton Global Equity Group

Franklin Resources, parent firm of the Franklin, Templeton and Mutual Shares fund families, announced recently that it has named Norm Boersma chief investment officer of Templeton Global Equity Group, succeeding the Gary Motyl, who died several weeks ago. Boersma will also remain president of Templeton Global Advisors Limited.

Also, Cindy Sweeting was named president of Templeton Investment Counsel. She and Antonio Docal have been named as portfolio managers on the American Beacon International Equity Fund (AAIEX), which Motyl had helped to run.

Barbaro to Retire from Columbia

Stephen Barbaro, senior vice president at Columbia Management Investment Advisors, announced that he intends to retire at the end of the year. Barbaro, who served as lead manager of the Columbia Small Cap Value I Fund (CSMIX), handed over the reins of fund management to co-manager Jeremy Javidi on June 30. Hart Succeeds Carey as Co-manager at BlackRock

Nigel Hart has stepped into the shoes of Michael Carey as co-manager of the BlackRock Global Opportunities Fund (BGORX). Carey, who had comanaged the fund since 2006, is leaving BlackRock after 23 years.

Hart was formerly managing partner and portfolio manager at ReachCapital Management, which he founded in 2000. He also formerly ran a fund at Putnam.

Natarajan, Tsai Succeed Lau on MPXAX

John Tsai will join Sanjay Natarajan as a general oversight portfolio manager of the MFS Asia Pacific ex-Japan Fund (MPXAX), it was announced recently. Robert Lau, who currently serves as portfolio manager of the fund, will transition out of that position as of Sept. 1.

New York Life Retirement Appoints Mark Dehmel

New York Life Retirement Plan Services announced recently the appointment of Mark Dehmel as vice president of sales for the western region of the country, replacing Sean Kelley, who died earlier this year.

With 18 years of industry experience, Dehmel most recently spent five years as a director of sales in retirement and investor services for Principal Financial Group. Prior to that, he worked with Enterprise Group of Funds for 11 years in various sales roles.

Michael Brown Joins Dowling & Yahnke

Dowling & Yahnke announced Monday that Michael Brown has joined the firm as a senior portfolio manager.

Prior to joining, he was a partner at Deloitte, where he spent fifteen years working in the capital markets with public companies and private equity investor clients.

Read the July 19 New Hire Roundup at AdvisorOne.

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