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New Hire Roundup: McCarthy Elected IPA Board Chairman

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This week in new hires, Frank McCarthy was elected chairman and five new members were added to the board of directors at IPA; the DiCiaccio and LaMothe-Gonzalez Groups joined Snowden Capital Advisors; and Ken Barnes went to Options as senior vice president of corporate development.

Also, Barry Goldberg became chief technology officer at HNW; Michael Del Secolo was promoted at New York Life; and Beth Hetzel joined PFM Asset Management.

IPA Elects Frank McCarthy Board Chairman; Five New Members Join Board

The Investment Program Association (IPA) announced Monday that it has named Frank McCarthy of Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc., as chairman of the board for 2013. The IPA has also added five new members to its board. McCarthy is the IPA’s first chairman elected from a broker-dealer, and succeeds former Chairman Martel Day of Independence Realty Securities, LLC, who will become chairman emeritus on Jan. 1.

In addition to electing McCarthy, the IPA chose the following executives as board members for 2013: Anthony Chereso, principal, president and CEO, FactRight, LLC; Sherri Cooke, president and CEO, AI Insight; Kevin Keefe, executive vice president, Advisor Group; Nicholas Schorsch, founder and CEO, American Realty Capital; and Kevin Shields, chairman and CEO, Griffin Capital Corporation.

DiCiaccio and LaMothe-Gonzalez Groups join Snowden

Snowden Capital Advisors LLC announced Tuesday that two founding advisor teams, the DiCiaccio and LaMothe-Gonzalez Groups, have joined the firm. The DiCiaccio team includes John DiCiaccio, managing director, and Leah Thomson Snell, vice president, while the LaMothe-Gonzalez team includes Jon LaMothe and Luis Gonzalez, both managing directors, all of whom have become Snowden partners.

The DiCiaccio and LaMothe-Gonzalez teams join from Merrill Lynch, bring over 100 years of wealth advisory experience to Snowden, and have opened a west coast branch office in Pasadena, Calif. The DiCiaccio Group has been ranked in Barron’s Top 100 Financial Advisors.

Options Names Ken Barnes as New SVP of Corporate Development

Options recently announced that Ken Barnes has been appointed as the firm’s SVP of corporate development. In his new role, he will be responsible for leading corporate and product strategy for the Options PIPE Private Financial Cloud, as well as overseeing the firm’s business expansion across the broker-dealer and investment banking communities.

Prior to joining, Barnes served as SVP in the technologies division of NYSE Euronext. He previously managed SFTI, launched the Mahwah colo facility in 2010, and has also held positions in business line management, business development and product marketing at firms including Wombat Financial Software, Reuters, and Salomon Brothers.

HNW Inc. Appoints Barry Goldberg Chief Technology Officer

HNW Inc. announced Tuesday the appointment of Barry Goldberg as chief technology officer. In this role, he will oversee the development of the firm’s software products and platforms, in addition to ensuring the scalability, compliance and quality of its IT infrastructure. He will work closely with product and client teams, and will report directly to HNW CEO Stacey Haefele.

Goldberg joins having most recently served as chief technology officer of kgbdeals, an e-commerce company serving 100 million consumers globally. Prior to that, he held positions at Unigo, aNew Yorkstartup that provided user-generated college review content, and The Princeton Review, where he led development teams for all three subsidiaries of the company as VP of application development.

New York Life Promotes Michael Del Secolo to SVP and Chief Technology Officer

New York Life announced Tuesday that Michael Del Secolo has been promoted to SVP and chief technology officer, reporting to Sue Ericksen, SVP and chief information officer. In this role, Del Secolo is responsible for guiding the development of the company’s technical strategy, research and innovation.

Del Secolo joined in 2010 as vice president of architecture. In 2011 he added responsibility for engineering, leading the management of IT architecture and engineering for the company. Prior to joining, he worked at Automatic Data Processing (ADP), where he held positions of increasing responsibility including vice president of IT engineering, vice president of Internet and network services, and vice president and chief information security officer. Before that, he held progressively more responsible roles at Sea-Land Service, Inc., Salomon Brothers, Inc., and RAV Communications.

PFM Adds Beth Hetzel as Managing Director and Head of Client Services Group

PFM Asset Management LLC (PFMAM), part of The PFM Group of companies, announced Tuesday the appointment of Beth Hetzel as managing director and head of its newly formed client services group. The new unit she will create will expand the firm’s current customer service operations group. She will work out of the firm’sHarrisburg,

Hetzel has held significant management positions at Bank of America Capital Management, Federated Investors, National City Corp. (later PNC) and, most recently, at FirstMerit Bank as president and managing officer of FirstMerit Financial Services.


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