This week in personnel announcements and new hires, John Stadtler and James Flanagan moved up at PwC US; Waddell & Reed Financial Advisors opened a new office; Mariner Holdings announced the launch of Mariner Retirement Advisors; and Charles Daguerre Alvaré joined EP Wealth Advisors.

Also, Roger Bridges, Andre Severino and John Vail moved up at Nikko Asset Management; NASDAQ announced several appointments; Alma Piscitello joined Northern Lights; and U.S. Bank welcomed Jack Frencho.

Waddell & Reed Open New Office

Waddell & Reed Financial Advisors announced the opening of its new office in Kansas City, Missouri. The firm plans to add approximately 15 new financial advisors and related support staff at the new location.

With offices across the country, the firm is headquartered in Overland Park, Kansas.

Stadtler, Flanagan Take New Roles at PwC US

PwC US announced that John Stadtler has succeeded James Flanagan as leader of the firm’s U.S. financial services industry practice. Flanagan has been named vice chair of PwC’s east region.

Stadtler, who has served PwC clients domestically and internationally for the past 26 years, joined in 1988 and has been a partner since 1999.

Mariner Holdings Launches Mariner Retirement Advisors

Mariner Holdings has announced the launch of Mariner Retirement Advisors to provide 401(k) advisory services to plan sponsors.

The new firm consists of Mariner Wealth Advisors’ existing 401(k) practice, joined by David Stofer, Mark Nothnagel and their team, formerly of SageView Advisory Group.

EP Wealth Advisors Adds Alvaré

EP Wealth Advisors announced that Charles Daguerre Alvaré has joined as a vice president and financial advisor.

Alvaré began in financial services as an advisor at Merrill Lynch in Beverly Hills in 2005. He previously taught international relations and political science at Los Angeles City College and Santa Monica College. Immediately prior to joining EP Wealth, Alvaré was a financial advisor at UBS in Century City for six and a half years.

Nikko Asset Management Advances Three

Nikko Asset Management has announced that Roger Bridges, based in Sydney, has been named global rates and currencies strategist; Andre Severino, based in London, has been named head of fixed income for the U.S. and Europe; and John Vail will be leading the company’s global investment committee process and thought leadership effort after relocating to New York from Tokyo in November.

Bridges joined in 1998 and has most recently been responsible for providing macroeconomic research and strategic direction to the Nikko Asset Management Australia fixed income team.

Severino joined in 2007, and most recently has been serving as acting CIO for Europe. In addition, he is senior portfolio manager of the firm’s sovereign fixed income series.

Vail joined in 2006, and serves as chief global strategist, in addition to leading the global investment committee and several investment forums within the company. NASDAQ Makes Leadership Appointments

NASDAQ has announced that Lars Ottersgård and Nelson Griggs are being promoted to executive vice president of the firm’s market technology and listing services businesses, respectively. Both report to Adena Friedman, president, Nasdaq capital access, technology and insights. In addition, Bruce Aust has been elevated to vice chairman, listing services, and will be based in San Francisco, where he will act as a senior advisor to Friedman. Bob McCooey, who will continue as SVP in the listing services group, has taken on the development of a new global key account management program. These leadership changes are effective immediately.

Ottersgård joined in 2006, as global head of sales for the company’s commercial technology business. Griggs has been with the company for 12 years, initially working with listed companies and then moving into a role focused on new listings.

Northern Lights Adds Piscitello

Broker-dealer Northern Lights Distributors LLC has announced that Alma Piscitello has joined as SVP of strategic relationships. She is based in Hauppauge, New York.

Prior to joining, Piscitello served as vice president and director of partner development at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney LLC for eight years. Earlier in her career, she was vice president and institutional investment director in the retail high-net-worth national sales division at Citigroup Asset Management (purchased by Legg Mason Inc. in 2005), where she worked for nine years.

U.S. Bank Hires Frencho

 U.S. Bank announced that it has hired Jack Frencho as a wealth management advisor for The Private Client Reserve in Columbus, Ohio.

Previously, Frencho served as vice president and relationship manager for Key Private Bank.

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