This week in personnel announcements and new hires, Advisor Partners named Rahul Agrawal head of equities, Don Hagan joined Carson Institutional Alliance as a consultant, Michael Holt has been named global head of equity and corporate credit research at Morningstar, the Securities and Excnage Commission named David Gottesman deputy chief litigation counsel in its enforcement division, and Pacific Life announced changes in its sales organization.
Also, Edmond Markel joined Hennion & Walsh; Christopher Willis was named a fellow of the American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers, and WBI Investments brought in Kerri Cain.
BrightScope Names Chris Riggio Its First Chief Revenue Officer
BrightScope, a provider of software, analytics and data to financial institutions, announced that Chris Riggio has joined the company as chief revenue officer, reporting to the CEO and responsible for accelerating the company’s growth.
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Riggio brings 16 years of experience in the financial services industry and a reputation for driving revenue generation by building highly successful sales and client support teams.
Mike Alfred, CEO and co-founder of BrightScope, said in a statement that “BrightScope has experienced tremendous growth in recent years and our management team has become increasingly aware that the company’s addressable market is far larger than we had originally projected. We have reached an important inflection point where the addition of an experienced leader can have an outsized impact on our growth trajectory.”
Riggio started his career in 1998 at Chase Manhattan Bank and held senior roles at TheStreet.com, SmartMoney, Dow Jones, and most recently Interactive Data, where he managed a team of sales executives and account managers.
Rahul Agrawal Names Advisor Partners Equity Chief
Rahul Agrawal has joined Advisor Partners as head of equities.
Prior to joining Advisor Partners, Agrawal was a vice president at Deutsche Bank. He was also a vice president and portfolio manager for Goldman Sachs Asset Management, creating and managing beta portfolios.
Agrawal received his B.S. in electrical engineering from MIT in 2004, when he also completed his master of engineering, in electrical engineering and computer science.
Hagan Joins Investment Committee at Carson Institutional Alliance
Carson Institutional Alliance has announced that Don Hagan has joined the firm’s investment committee as a consultant. In this role, he will lead weekly calls for the firm’s advisors and their investors focusing on the performance, behavior and structure of the current macroeconomic environment.
Hagan has been providing investment research and recommendations to global financial institutions since 1988. He is currently serving as partner and director of research at Day Hagan Asset Management, a firm he cofounded in 2004. Prior to founding the firm, he served as senior vice president and senior portfolio manager for Wells Fargo Bank’s private client services. Earlier he served as director of research for SCI Capital Management and chief sector analyst and editor for Ned David Research Inc. Morningstar Advances Holt
Morningstar Inc. announced that Michael Holt has been named global head of equity and corporate credit research. Based in Chicago, Holt reports to Haywood Kelly, the firm’s head of global research.
Holt joined the firm in 2008 as an equity analyst and became a senior analyst in 2009. He then served as associate director, comanaging the technology equity research team. In 2012, he was named director of North American equity research. Before joining, Holt was as an associate with Municipal Mortgage and Equity and spent four years in the software industry.
Gottesman Moves Up at SEC