Waddell & Reed Financial said Wednesday that is making several changes to its leadership team due to the departure of Thomas Butch, who was formerly head of its broker-dealer, marketing and certain mutual fund operations.
Shawn M. Mihal will become president of Waddell & Reed Inc. (WRI), the firm’s registered broker-dealer. Mihal has served as COO of the BD; he joined the unit as its chief regulatory and compliance officer in March 2015.
Nikki F. Newton will serve as president of Ivy Distributors Inc., or IDI, which distributes and underwrites Ivy Funds. He has been with the company since January 1998 and recently has been head of global relationships for Ivy Funds.
CFO Brent K. Bloss will act at Waddell & Reed’s chief operating officer; he will stay in the CFO role though Dec. 31. The company says its board plans to tap Chief Accounting Officer Benjamin R. Clouse as its CFO in 2018.
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“Combined with our other executive members, I am confident that we have in place a leadership team with the requisite business acumen to lead into the future and position the company for long-term success amid a rapidly changing industry,” said Waddell & Reed CEO and Chief Investment Officer Philip J. Sanders, in a statement.