This week in new hires, FINRA announced that Greg Ahern will be its new head of corporate communications; Neuberger & Berman welcomed Brendan Gill; Ed Holliday and Leanne Sindell went to L&S Advisors; and the Hedge Fund Association made three new appointments.
Also, JHS Capital Advisors welcomed Tim Forsman; MDRT announced new leaders for 2012–’13; FASB added three new members to its emerging issues task force; and Debbie Klis joined Ballard Spahr.
FINRA Announces New Head of Corporate Communications
The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) announced Tuesday that effective Oct. 15, Greg Ahern will join as executive vice president for corporate communications and government relations. In this role, he will be responsible for media, government relations and investor education programs, and oversee editorial production, design and multimedia communications services. He will also assume oversight responsibilities for the member relations group.
Ahern is currently chief public communications officer for the Investment Company Institute (ICI), where he has been responsible for all strategic communications for the past seven years. Prior to joining ICI, he worked for institutional money management firms in a variety of roles with increasing responsibility, heading up marketing and communications. These jobs included eight years at State Street Corp. and seven years at the Boston Co., both in Boston.
Neuberger Berman Appoints Brendan Gill
Neuberger Berman Group has appointed Brendan Gill as a senior vice president and head of national accounts in the firm’s advisor solutions group, effective Aug. 30.
In his new position, he leads a five-person relationship management team for all wirehouse and independent broker-dealers and will have primary responsibility for the Morgan Stanley Smith Barney relationship. Gill reports to Jason Ainsworth, managing director and head of the advisor solutions group.
Gill has approximately 19 years of financial services experience. Before joining Neuberger Berman, he served as director of national accounts at MFS Investment Management since July 2008. Previously, he was a sales executive at firms including John A. Levin & Co., Lincoln Financial and Delaware Capital, and Pioneer Group. Gill began his financial services career as an account representative at MetLife in 1993.
Holliday and Sindell Join L&S Advisors
L&S Advisors announced recently that it has hired Ed Holliday as managing director, client development and Leanne Sindell as managing director, business development. In their new roles, they focus on developing the firm’s relationships with financial advisors and educating them about its portfolio management services for separately managed accounts (SMAs).
Each brings more than three decades of experience within the financial industry to their roles, and both came from Shinnecock Partners, where Holliday previously served as director of client development and Sindell served as director, business development. Holliday spent 12 years representing Campbell & Co. Prior to entering the investment industry in 1980, he worked in private and corporate aircraft sales. Sindell’s career in the financial world commenced as a retail broker with Paine Webber and Wedbush Morgan Securities. Hedge Fund Association Expands Leadership Team
The Hedge Fund Association announced three new appointments on Monday.
Don Steinbrugge, chairman and founder of Agecroft Partners, was named to HFA’s board of directors, and will join the segment of the board that represents the interests of hedge fund investors. Prior to forming Agecroft, he was head of sales and a founding principal of Andor Capital Management. Earlier, he was head of institutional sales for Merrill Lynch Investment Managers (now part of BlackRock) and head of institutional sales for NationsBank (now Bank of America Capital Management).
Joel Schwab, managing director of Hedge Fund Research (HFR), was chosen to be the new midwest chapter director. Prior to joining HFR, Schwab launched and developed the commercial business of the HedgeFund.net hedge fund database for Channel Capital Group. He also practiced law in the corporate department of the law firm Katten Muchin Zavis (now Katten Muchin Rosenman) in Chicago.