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New Hire Roundup: O’Connell Named Chief Risk Officer at Phoenix Cos.

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This week in personnel announcements and new hires, Lewis Ferguson was reappointed to a second term on the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board; Eric Weis went to Armanino LLP, Allianz Life promoted James Nelson; and the Phoenix Cos. named Gina Collopy O’Connell chief risk officer.

Also, U.S. Bank made two staff announcements; the Angel Capital Association elected a new chairman, vice chairwoman and directors to its board; Charles Reinhard joined MainStay Investments; and the Rivington investment team joined WHV Investments.

O’Connell Named Chief Risk Officer at Phoenix Cos.

The Phoenix Cos., Inc. has announced that Gina Collopy O’Connell has been named chief risk officer. She will report to James Wehr, president and chief executive officer, and succeed Mark Griffin, who is resigning from the company effective July 17.

O’Connell, currently senior vice president, financial planning and analysis, has held positions in numerous areas of responsibility, and will continue to serve as a senior advisor to the actuarial student program. She joined in 1985 as an actuarial assistant.

SEC Taps Ferguson Again for PCAOB Term

The Securities and Exchange Commission has reappointed Lewis Ferguson to a second term on the PCAOB, which will run until October 2019.

Ferguson was first appointed to the PCAOB in January 2011 and served as its first general counsel from 2004 to 2007. Before that, he was a partner in the law firm of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP. He was a partner at the law firm of Williams & Connolly LLP from 1979 to 1994 and again from 1998 to 2004. From 1994 to 1998, he was senior vice president, general counsel and drector of Wright Medical Technology.

Weis Joins Armanino

Accounting and business consulting firm Armanino LLP has announced that Eric Weis has joined as consulting partner in the firm’s firm’s governance, risk and compliance practice.

Before joining, he was a partner at Crowe Horwath. He has also held a variety of governance, risk and compliance roles at Deloitte, PwC and Ernst & Young.

Nelson Advances at Allianz Life

Allianz Life Insurance Co. of North America has promoted James Nelson to VP, legal business operations and product development. He will report directly to Gretchen Sepek, SVP and general counsel.

Nelson joined 2011. Earlier, he was in private practice and held various counsel and general counsel roles at KMG America, Thrivent Financial and ING.

Kirk, Wells Named by U.S. Bank Wealth Management

U.S. Bank Wealth Management has announced that Jim Kirk has been appointed wealth management advisor for the Private Client Reserve in St. Paul, Minnesota, and Jamie Wells was named director of wealth planning for Ascent Private Capital Management’s center for wealth impact in Denver, Colorado.

Kirk brings 15 years of experience within the banking and financial services industry. Prior to joining, he was senior manager of wealth consulting service for Ameriprise Financial. He has also held vice president and advisory roles at Morgan Stanley and its predecessor firms.

Wells has more than six years of leadership experience in the financial services industry and previously served as the associate director of wealth strategy and family office advisory with Ascent in Denver. Prior to joining in 2012, she focused on multigenerational family wealth and business planning services as an attorney and trust specialist.

Angel Capital Association’s Board Holds Election

The Angel Capital Association has elected Christopher Mirabile chairman, Linda Lorraine Smith vice chairwoman and Faz Bashi, Marcia Rick Dawood and Tony Shipley as new board members.

Mirabile is a full-time angel investor and co-managing director of Launchpad Venture Group (Boston) and co-founder of Seraf, a portfolio management tool for investors in early stage companies. He has also served as a public company CFO with IONA Technologies PLC, a corporate and securities lawyer with Testa Hurwitz & Thibeault and as a management consultant with Price Waterhouse’s Strategic Consulting Group.

Smith spent 12 years in Washington, D.C., working as director of administration in the White House’s Office of Management and Budget and for two Congressional committees on Capitol Hill. She also served as director of finance for the city and county of Honolulu and a senior policy advisor to the governor of Hawaii. Bashi worked at San Mateo Medical Center to develop and implement special clinical projects to help the underserved, including teledermatology, diabetic retinopathy screening and advancements in electronic medical records. He works as a consultant to Patient Visit Redesign on workflow process improvement for community health centers and safety net organizations across the U.S.

Dawood served on the board of directors of a company where she was a founder and legal/compliance/financial director. Previously she spent more than 16 years with Kaplan Higher Education Campuses, serving as vice president of career services and also in sales and marketing, operations, and compliance.

Shipley has served as CEO or founder for five companies. Most recently he was CEO and president of CH Mack Inc. Earlier he was CEO, president and founder of Entek IRD International and CEO, president and founder of Entek Scientific Corp.

Reinhard Goes to MainStay

MainStay Investments has announced that Charles Reinhard has joined as managing director, a newly created position, leading portfolio strategy. He is based in New York City and will report to Richard Miller, managing director and head of marketing and product management at MainStay Investments.

Reinhard joins with over 28 years of investment industry experience in various senior positions. Previously he was senior consultant of new products and investment strategy at Direxion Investments; earlier he was managing director and deputy chief investment officer in the global wealth management division at Morgan Stanley, and before that was director of portfolio strategy and associate director of research, SVP at Neuberger Berman.

WHV Investments Gets Rivington Investment Team

WHV Investments Inc. has announced that the Rivington investment team has joined from Victory Capital Management.

The team consists of Matthias Knerr and Chris LaJaunie, senior portfolio managers, and Andrew Manton.

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