This week in new hires, Westport Resources promoted Christopher DeLaura and added Ashley Schexnaildre, Susan Axelrod was promoted and Jonathan Sokobin was added by FINRA, Keith Fletcher was named vice chairman at American Independence, Angelo Pirrito went to HSBC Global Asset Management, and Agecroft Partners brought in Jim Sauls.
Also, Alliance Benefit Group welcomed Don Mackanos and added its first West Coast licensee, Dorothea Rodd was promoted at New York Life, U.S. Bank announced appointments in San Francisco and Chicago, and Mike Anderson joined the board at the Bank Insurance and Securities Association.
Westport Resources Promotes DeLaura, Adds Schexnaildre
Westport Resources announced the promotion of Christopher DeLaura to chief operating officer of its wealth management division, the private client group. Additionally, the firm welcomed Ashley Schexnaildre as controller of both Westport Resources Management, which includes the private client group, and its broker-dealer division, Westport Resources Investment Services.
DeLaura joined in 2010 as a financial planning specialist in the private client group. In addition to his new responsibilities, he will continue to manage the firm’s global tactical asset allocation investment strategy. Prior to joining, he worked at UBS for 13 years in several roles in the corporate offices on strategy and different technologies. He also worked with and managed assets for high-net-worth individuals.
Schexnaildre joined on April 1, and most recently served as interim controller for M6 Partners/Capital Lodging in N.D. At the same time he served as controller for that company’s owner, Commonwealth Advisors, in Baton Rouge, La.
Axelrod Promoted, Sokobin Welcomed at FINRA
The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) announced that Susan Axelrod will become executive vice president of regulatory operations. In this role, she will oversee enforcement, the office of fraud detection and market intelligence and member regulation (sales practice, risk oversight and operational regulation and shared services). Previously she was the head of the member regulation sales practice area. Mike Rufino, chief operating officer of member regulation—sales practice, will assume the role of acting head of the sales practice group. Axelrod will report directly to Richard Ketchum, chairman and CEO.
Before becoming head of member regulation sales practice, Axelrod was SVP and deputy of regulatory operations, where she assisted in the oversight of market regulation, enforcement and member regulation. Prior to joining in 2007, Axelrod was chief of staff to the CEO of NYSE Regulation. Axelrod began her career at NYSE in 1989 as a staff attorney in the division of enforcement and became an enforcement director in 1997.
FINRA also announced that Dr. Jonathan Sokobin, currently acting deputy director, research and analysis in the office of financial research at the U.S. Treasury Department, will join as chief economist and SVP. He will also report directly to Ketchum and will start on May 20.
In 2011, Sokobin joined Treasury as chief of analytical strategy in the office of financial research. Earlier, he was acting director of the SEC’s division of risk, strategy and financial innovation (Risk Fin). He joined the SEC staff full time in 2000 and was named deputy chief economist in 2004. From 2008 to 2010, he served as director of the former office of risk assessment.American Independence Names Keith Fletcher Vice Chairman
American Independence Financial Services (American Independence) announced that Keith Fletcher has joined the firm as vice chairman and a member of the executive committee.
Fletcher, with 30 years of experience, was recently chief marketing officer and head of product management for Security Global and Rydex Investments (later Guggenheim Investments). Prior to that, he was managing director at Lyster Watson. Previously he served as EVP/chief marketing officer for Van Eck Global. He has also held senior sales and marketing positions at Fidelity Investments and Furman Selz Asset Management. He started his career as an institutional marketing manager for the Dreyfus Corp. HSBC Global Asset Management Appoints Angelo Pirrito
HSBC Global Asset Management (USA) announced that Angelo Pirrito has joined as vice president, RIA sales, based in San Francisco. In this newly created role, Pirrito will be responsible for distributing emerging-market and international investment products through RIAs, trust companies, private banks and family offices on the west coast. He reports to Damion Hendrickson, SVP and national head of RIA sales.
Pirrito has more than 20 years of financial services experience and has spent more than a decade working directly with the RIA channel. He was most recently with Direxion, where he was director of sales. He previously worked at other firms, including Deutsche Bank, Julius Baer Investment Management and Merrill Lynch Investment Managers.
Agecroft Partners Hires European Marketing Head