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New Hire Roundup: Women in ETFs Announces Board Members, Leaders

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This week in personnel announcements and new hires, Devon McConnell joined Wells Fargo Advisors; Women in ETFs announced its leadership team and board members; Robert Moats joined Ziegler; and Scivantage welcomed James Corr.

Also, New York Life named Katherine O’Brien to its executive management committee; FNEX named Neal Wolkoff to its board of advisors; and U.S. Bank made a number of personnel appointments.

Women in ETFs Announces Board Members, Leaders

Women in ETFs, which launched in January as the first women’s group for the ETF industry, has announced the appointment of members for its board of directors and its leadership team.

Joanne Hill, head of institutional investment strategy at ProShare Advisors, and Sue Thompson, managing director, head of institutional asset management/RIA at BlackRock, are co-presidents of the board. Linda Zhang, senor PM and head of research at Windhaven Investment Management, is vice president; Susan Ciccarone, chief operating and financial officer at Emerging Global Advisors LLC, is treasurer/finance and operations; and Michelle Mikos, ETF business development director at Invesco PowerShares, is secretary. Other board members are Deborah Fuhr, managing partner at ETFGI LLP; Laura Morrison, SVP, global index and exchange traded products at IntercontinentalExchange/NYSE; Kathleen Moriarty, partner at Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP; and Martha King, managing director, head of U.S. financial intermediaries, Vanguard.

Wells Fargo Advisors Welcomes McConnell

Wells Fargo Advisors announced that Devon McConnell has been named head of WFA digital, a newly created operating committee position reporting directly to President Mary Mack. In this role, she will be responsible for leading strategy, development and ongoing management of the company’s mobile and online client platform and the investment strategy for the digital platform as the firm makes its most significant technology investment in the last 10 years.

McConnell most recently held positions of vice president of product and user experience design for and head of digital client strategy at JP Morgan Asset Management. She also worked at Citi, where she served as senior vice president and product director, and at digital design agency Fusebox, as the information architect and account executive for the JPMorgan Chase account.

Moats Joins Zeigler

Robert Moats has joined Zeigler as senior director, head of wealth management and member of the executive committee.

Moats joins with over 30 years of experience from Morgan Stanley and predecessor firms, and began his career at Shearson Lehman Brothers in 1986.

Scivantage Welcomes Corr

Scivantage, a financial services technology provider, has announced that James Corr has joined as executive vice president and chief financial officer.

Corr brings more than 20 years of financial and business management experience. Prior to joining, he spent eight years as the controller, CFO and chief administrative officer at Pershing-affiliated Albridge Solutions. Before Albridge, he held senior financial positions at firms in public accounting and private industry.

Peg Pike Named COO of Brouwer & Janachowski

Peg  Pike, former vice president–fixed income business manager at Wellington Management Co. in Boston, has been named chief operating officer of Brouwer & Janachowski LLC, a Tiburon, California-based wealth management and investment advisory firm.

Earlier, Pike was executive vice president and chief operating officer of Rampart Investment Management Co. During her 24-year career in financial services, she has held vice presidential positions with J.P. Morgan Securities in its Equity Derivatives Group and Global Credit Group and with Fidelity Investments in the Global Risk Management Group. She entered the field with Andersen Consulting (now Accenture) as manager in the Change Management Group for Capital Markets.

New York Life Names O’Brien

New York Life has named Katherine O’Brien to its executive management committee. O’Brien is chief human resources officer and reports to Ted Mathas, chairman and CEO.

O’Brien joined in 1995 as a litigator, and has held roles of increasing responsibility. She served as the company’s first chief diversity officer in the human resources department from 2006 to 2008, when she was elected first vice president and deputy general counsel in the office of the general counsel. In 2010, she was elected SVP and chief corporate counsel. She was named chief human resources officer in 2013.

Wolkoff Named to FNEX Advisor Board

FNEX, an “online alternative investment and private securities marketplace,” announced that it has named Neal Wolkoff to its newly formed board of advisors.

Wolkoff is currently CEO of Wolkoff Consulting Services, LLC, the current nonexecutive chairman of the board of directors of OTC Markets Group and an independent member of the board of directors of World Gold Trust services. Previously he served as chairman and CEO of the American Stock Exchange. Before that, he held several senior-level officer positions at the New York Mercantile Exchange (NYMEX) for over 20 years. He was also the former CEO of ELX Futures Exchange, L.P. and trial attorney at the CFTC Division of Enforcement.

U.S. Bank Wealth Management Adds, Promotes

U.S. Bank Wealth Management announced that it has made a number of additions and promotions at the Private Client Reserve across the country. Matthew DiBlasi has joined as wealth management advisor in Newport Beach, California; Joshua Fleming has joined as a portfolio manager in Palm Beach, Florida; Albert Choi joined as SVP, senior portfolio manager in San Diego; Patrick Woolfe joined as portfolio manager in Chicago; and Mindy McLaughlin was promoted to SVP and senior portfolio manager in Cincinnati.

DeBlasi has been working in the financial services industry for 14 years and joins from ICAP Electronic Broking, LLC in Jersey City, New Jersey, where he served as SVP, fixed income sales and account manager.

Fleming has seven years of experience in the financial services industry. Prior to joining, he was a financial advisor with Wells Fargo Advisors; earlier he was an equity research analyst with Lloyd George Management/BMO.

Choi, with 20 years of experience in the financial services industry, previously served as senior portfolio manager with U.S. Trust Company in Newport Beach. He spent 18 years at U.S. Trust.

Woolfe brings more than 17 years of financial services experience; most recently, he was a vice president and senior investments advisor for PNC Financial Services Group. He also served as a portfolio manager for the Northern Trust Company.

McLaughlin has 25 years of experience in the investment and financial industry, including nine years with the Private Client Reserve. Previously, she worked for Johnson Investment Counsel and Fifth Third Bank.


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