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New Hire Roundup: Charlson to Head Morningstar Alternative Funds Research

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This week in personnel announcements and new hires, Morningstar named Josh Charlson director of alternative funds research, Tom Walrond and Tom Galvin moved up at Raymond James, and the American Benefits Council announced new board members and officers.

Also, United Planners announced staffing changes, Andy Rothman joined Matthews Asia, and Allison Gomes went to the Phoenix Cos.

Charlson Named to Head Morningstar Alternative Funds Research

Morningstar has announced that Josh Charlson has been named head of alternative funds research.

Prior to this position, Charlson was a strategist for the fund-of-funds research team. He oversaw Morningstar’s annual target-date series research white papers as well as its quarterly target-date series reports and ratings and covered a number of risk parity, target-date, and other fund-of-funds strategies. Earlier, he served as a hedge fund analyst for the firm for two years and as a senior editor for Morningstar Associates for seven years, where he focused on retirement planning and advice solutions. He joined in 1990 as a mutual fund analyst.

Raymond James Names Walrond, Galvin

Raymond James has announced that Tom Walrond has been appointed chief operating officer and senior vice president of Raymond James & Associates (RJA) Private Client Group, the employee broker-dealer subsidiary of Raymond James Financial (RJF) and Tom Galvin has been promoted toNorth Atlanticregional director and senior vice president to succeed Walrond. In his new role, Galvin will be based in St. Petersburg; his responsibilities will encompass continued support of the coastal region within RJA’s eastern division.

Walrond began his financial services career in 1988 and spent eight years as a financial advisor at Wheat First Butcher Singer in Philadelphia. He joined Raymond James in 1998 as a branch manager; eight years later, he was promoted to manager of the north Atlantic complex and following the firm’s 2012 acquisition of Morgan Keegan, was promoted to north Atlantic regional director, overseeing 35 branches and 133 advisors.

Galvin spent his entire career at the firm, joining as an intern in 1997 and becoming a trainee financial advisor in 1998. He worked in theFloridadivision and took over the Jacksonville branch office in 2001. He was promoted to complex manager in 2006 and to regional director in the spring of 2012.

American Benefits Council Names New Board Members, Officers

The American Benefits Council announced that it has elected new officers and two new members of its executive board.

Janet Boyd, director of government relations, tax and benefits for the Dow Chemical Co., was elected chairwoman. She succeeds Wilma Schopp, global lead, compensation, benefits and HR operations for Sigma-Aldrich Corp.; Schopp becomes past chairwoman and remains an officer.

Also named as board officers are Jay Kirschbaum, senior vice president and national practice leader, employee benefits legal and research group, Willis Corp., vice chairman; Bob Holcomb, executive director, legislative and industry affairs, J.P. Morgan Retirement Plan Services, vice chairman; Kate Ranalli, regional benefits director for the Americas, AstraZeneca, treasurer; and Allison Klausner, assistant general counsel, benefits, Honeywell, secretary.

The new executive board members are Tresia Franklin, director, rewards and employee relations, Hallmark Cards Inc., and Mark Poerio, partner, Paul Hastings LLP.

United Planners Announces Staff Additions, Organizational Changes

United Planners Financial Services has announced several staffing and organizational changes. Mike Goyarts has been named practice management consultant, a newly created position, and Thane Walton has joined the company as a retirement plan consultant. In addition, the firm has restructured its organization with a new advisor services division led by Billy Oliverio, vice president of the company. The new division will include retirement plan services, practice management services and investment advisory services.

Goyarts, a 20-year industry veteran, joined in 2013 as a partner and development consultant. He has served in business development and relationship management positions with TD Ameritrade, Schwab and Pershing.

Walton has worked in various sales and business development roles as an advisor to retirement plan clients as well as a business development officer to advisors, TPAs and recordkeepers. Most recently, he was a retirement plan regional sales manager with Mutual of Omaha, and in the past has worked with organizations such as Pacific Life, ADP, Principal Financial, Lincoln Financial and MassMutual.

Matthews Asia Welcomes Rothman

Matthews Asia has announced the addition of Andy Rothman as investment strategist, a newly created role.

Rothman previously spent 14 years as a China macroeconomic strategist at CLSA, where he conducted analysis into China and delivered his insights to the firm’s institutional investor base. Prior to this, he spent 17 years in the U.S. Foreign Service, with a diplomatic career focused on China, including as head of the macroeconomics and domestic policy office of the U.S. Embassy in Beijing. In total, he has lived and worked in China for more than 20 years.

Gomes Joines Phoenix Companies

The Phoenix Cos. announced that Allison Gomes has joined the company as vice president, corporate finance. She reports to Bonnie Malley, executive vice president and chief financial officer, and will oversee a number of key projects in corporate finance, including the company’s 2013 SEC filings.

Gomes was previously an audit senior manager at the national office of Deloitte & Touche and was part of the Deloitte team working on the Phoenix account. She also provided insurance expertise and perspectives to Deloitte’s accounting industry publications.

CFPB Adds Experts to Key Positions

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has added three experts to senior positions. These positions are: assistant director for the Office of Research; assistant director for the Office of Financial Empowerment; and assistant director for the Office of Installment and Liquidity Lending Markets.

Christopher D. Carroll has joined the CFPB as the assistant director and chief economist for the Office of Research in the Bureau’s Research, Markets and Regulations Division. Dr. Carroll is a professor of economics at Johns Hopkins University, from which he has taken a leave of absence while serving at the Bureau.

Daniel Dodd-Ramirez has joined the CFPB as the assistant director of financial empowerment in the Bureau’s Consumer Education and Engagement Division. Dodd-Ramirez previously served as the executive director of Step Up Savannah Inc. in Savannah, Ga. He received a B.A. in Hispanic studies from the University of Southern Maine and his M.A. in international/intercultural training from the School for International Training in southern Vermont.

Jeffrey Langer has joined the CFPB as the assistant director of Installment and Liquidity Lending Markets in the Bureau’s Research, Markets and Regulations Division. Langer most recently served as senior counsel at Macy’s, Inc. in Mason, Ohio. He also has served as a partner in several law firms, including Jones Day and Dreher Langer & Tomkies, and is a founding fellow and treasurer of the American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers.