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New Hire Roundup: BlackRock’s Gundersen Goes to MainStay

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This week in personnel announcements and new hires, Brendan Gundersen joined MainStay Investments, Ena Licina and Catherine Arnold joined the U.S. Bank Private Client Reserve; and Blue Water Advisors added Jeff Wund and Matthew Rapoport.

BlackRock MD Gundersen Goes to MainStay

MainStay Investments announced that Brian Gundersen has joined as a managing director and head of the institutional intermediary channel. He is based in New York and will report directly to Stephen Fisher, co-president of New York Life Investment Management and president of MainStay Investments.

With 20 years of industry experience, Gundersen was previously managing director at BlackRock iShares. Earlier he held leadership roles at GE Asset Management, most recently vice president, global leader of the subadvised channel for institutional business. He started his career at Standard and Poor’s Ratings Group.

Licina, Arnold Join Private Client Reserve

U.S. Bank Wealth Management announced that Ena Licina has joined the Private Client Reserve in Las Vegas as vice president, trust relationship manager, and Catherine Arnold has been named vice president, wealth manager at the Reserve in Seattle.

Before joining, Licina worked as a trust officer with Wells Fargo Wealth Management.

Arnold was vice president and senior director with BNY Mellon Wealth Management and previously vice president, private client advisor with the Private Bank at Union Bank.

Blue Water Advisors Adds Wund, Rapoport

Blue Water Advisors has announced the addition of Jeff Wund as its chief operating officer and Matthew Rapoport as a wealth management advisor.

With 15 years of experience, Wund spent almost 11 years as director of operations and chief compliance officer for Prosper Advisors. He started his career as an advisor with American Express Financial Advisors.

Previously, Rapoport was a director for wealth management firm Joel Isaacson & Co. LLC in New York. Earlier, he was a VP with BNY Wealth Management and a senior financial planner at the Ayco Co. (now a division of Goldman Sachs).

— Read the Dec. 17 New Hire Roundup on ThinkAdvisor.