This week in personnel announcements and new hires, SIFMA announced the new officers for its board of directors and Ropes & Gray named two new asset management partners.

Also, Mariner Holdings has announced the launch of Mariner Consulting.

SIFMA Elects New Board Officers

SIFMA has announced that new officers have been elected to its board of directors. Elected as chair was William Johnstone, chairman and chief executive officer, D.A. Davidson Companies; chair-elect, John Rogers, executive vice president, Goldman, Sachs & Co.; vice chair, Timothy Scheve, president and chief executive officer, Janney Montgomery Scott; and treasurer, Gerard McGraw, president, Fidelity Institutional.

In addition, SIFMA announced the election of the following new directors: Jim Allen of Hilliard Lyons; William Caccamise, Bank of America Merrill Lynch; Roger Ochs, HD Vest Financial Services; and John Vaccaro, Wesport Resources. Their terms conclude in 2017.

Ropes & Gray Names Asset Management Partners

Global law firm Ropes & Gray has announced that Debra Lussier has been promoted to partnership in the firm’s private investment funds practice and Adam Schlichtmann has been promoted to partner in the firm’s investment management practice.

Lussier has extensive experience representing institutional and other investors in connection with investing in private investment funds. Schlichtmann regularly advises asset managers on compliance matters, transactions involving registered funds and the impact of new regulations affecting the investment management industry.

Mariner Holdings Launches Mariner Consulting

Mariner Holdings has announced the launch of Mariner Consulting, a tax advisory affiliate that provides compliance services, tax consulting and year-round tax planning.

The new affiliate is led by managing partners Robert Soza and Stephen Creed, and has offices in Leawood, Kansas, and Tulsa, Oklahoma. It also plans to expand to other areas where Mariner Holdings has a presence.