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New Hire Roundup: Blundell Joins Northern Trust’s International Wealth Advisory Group

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This week in personnel announcements and new hires, Frédéric Ducoulombier gained a new title at ERI Scientific Beta, Merrill Lynch announced several staff additions, Northern Trust welcomed Paul Blundell, Brad Scott moved within U.S. Bank, and Behringer welcomed Rick Golod.

Also, Tompkins joined Cadwalader, Catalyst Funds added six, Marie Swift joined the advisory board at Wealthminder, and Jonathan Botts went to TCW.

Blundell Joins Northern Trust

Northern Trust has announced that Paul Blundell has joined the firm’s international wealth advisory services group as senior vice president, senior international relationship manager. Based in New York, he reports to John Hoffman, head of the greater New York region.

With more than 20 years of banking experience in the U.S. and U.K., Blundell joins from RBC Wealth Management. He began his career in England with NatWest Bank in London, moving to the U.S. in 1995. There he worked with several banks, moving to RBC in 2002 when RBC acquired Barclays’ private banking business, where he was a VP.

ERI Scientific Beta Reorganizes in Asia-Pacific

ERI Scientific Beta has announced that Frédéric Ducoulombier has been named business development director Asia ex-Japan and the Middle East.

Ducoulombier, corporate director of the firm and a member of the executive committee, spent much of his career at EDHEC, a French business school, and more particularly at EDHEC-Risk Institute.

Merrill Lynch Adds Advisor, Associate

Merrill Lynch has announced that Jon Stevens and Phil Stevens have joined its Scranton, Pennsylvania office, the former as a financial advisor and the latter as an investment associate. They will report to Christopher Reber, complex director of the eastern Pennsylvania complex. In addition, Jeff Tompkins and his three-person wealth management team have joined the firm’s Boca Raton, Florida office. Tompkins will report to Matthew Liebman, complex director. Also, Michael Casey was named director of the Nevada/Boise complex. He will report to Tim Fickinger, market executive for the Pacific Northwest region.

Tompkins has more than 33 years in the financial industry, most recently at Deutsche Bank. Earlier, he spent 20 years at Smith Barney. Casey rejoins from Morgan Stanley.

Scott Joins Private Client Reserve in Cincinnati

U.S. Bank has announced that Brad Scott has been named market leader at the Private Client Reserve in Cincinnati.

Formerly market leader in Kansas City, Scott has more than 20 years of experience in wealth management. Behringer Adds Golod

Investment firm Behringer has announced that Rick Golod has joined as chief global strategist.

Previously, Golod was director of global investment strategies at Invesco. Earlier, he was director of global investments at Morgan Stanley Investment Management, and served in the same capacity at Van Kampen Investments for more than 14 years.

Cadwalader Welcomes Tompkins

Legal firm Cadwalader has announced the addition of Anne Tompkins as a partner in the white collar defense and investigations group. She will maintain offices in Charlotte and Washington, D.C.

With more than 20 years of experience in government and private practice, Tompkins most recently served as the U.S. Attorney in the Western District of North Carolina (Charlotte) from April 2010 to March 2015.

Catalyst Funds Adds 6

Catalyst Funds has announced the addition of six new hires on its sales team. Larry Milder has joined as national sales manager. Richard Pugh, Matthew Tully and Darren Stabler have joined as external wholesalers, covering, respectively, Washington and Oregon, Indiana and Kentucky, and Arizona and Utah. John Aragona and Michael Smith have joined as internal wholesalers. Aragona will cover Michigan, and Smith will serve Texas, Oklahoma, Arizona and Utah.

Milder previously served in national sales management roles at Legg Mason, Nationwide, MFS and Bluerock Capital Management. Pugh previously served as regional vice president at New York Life and MainStay Investments. Tully previously worked as a wholesaler at Legg Mason, John Hancock and MFS. Stabler previously served as a wholesaler for Invesco Distributors and BlackRock Investments. Aragona joined from Prudential Financial. Smith previously served as a relationship associate for private banking at Credit Suisse.

Swift Joins Advisory Board at Wealthminder

Financial planning software firm Wealthminder has announced that Marie Swift has joined its advisory board, where she will help create a new practice management and client communication solution for financial advisors.

Swift is the president of Impact Communications, which serves independent financial advisors and allied institutions.

Botts Goes to TCW

Asset management firm the TCW Group has announced that Jonathan Botts has joined as a senior vice president and regional director in retail and marketing, covering southern California, Arizona, Hawaii and Las Vegas. He is based in the Los Angeles headquarters and reports to Alex McCulloch, group managing director and head of retail distribution and marketing.

Prior to joining, Botts was VP and advisory channel manager for American Funds Distributors Inc. Before that, he was a regional VP for Fidelity Investments.

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