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Kate Healy, Ben Harrison to Lead Financial Planning Orgs

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What You Need to Know

  • Kate Healy, formerly of TD Ameritrade, is now managing director of the CFP Board's Center for Financial Planning.
  • Her previous role as chair of the Foundation for Financial Planning will be filled by Ben Harrison of Pershing.

The Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards has named Kate Healy as managing director for the group’s Center for Financial Planning. She starts in her new role in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 1 and will report to CFP Board CEO Kevin R. Keller.

Healy recently served as board chair for the Foundation for Financial Planning, a post that will now be filled by Ben Harrison, co-head of Wealth Solutions for BNY Mellon’s Pershing. The foundation is focused on expanding access to pro bono financial planning services.

“Kate is a respected leader in the financial planning profession and has been a valuable contributor of her time and talent to the center since its inception in 2015,” according to Keller. “Her decades of experience in financial services and nonprofit organizations will facilitate the excellent work of the center in creating a more diverse and sustainable financial planning profession.”

Healy — who serves as a judge for ThinkAdvisor’s LUMINARIES industry recognition program — joins the CFP Board after 13 years at TD Ameritrade Institutional, where she most recently was head of Generation Next, which entailed work on increasing the number of diverse advisors in critical market segments. Prior to her work at TD Ameritrade, she  spent 20 years in financial services marketing and program development roles.

“I have enjoyed my nearly decade-long volunteer experiences with [the] CFP Board, first as an inaugural member of the Women’s Initiative in 2013 and then with the launch of the center,” Healy explained in a statement. “I am excited to join [the board] and work closely with the center’s many volunteers, dedicated staff, firm partners and other stakeholders to build the 21st century financial-planner workforce.”

FFP News

Harrison takes over Healy’s post with the Foundation for Financial Planning and will be its board chair through the end of 2023. Earlier, he served as the group’s vice chair, or chair-elect. 

FFP’s new vice chair will be Dave Yeske, CFP, who will assume the role of chair for 2024. Yeske holds a Ph.D. in finance from Golden Gate University.

“Ben has been a committed and passionate trustee of the foundation for the last five and a half years, and we are thrilled that he is bringing his experience, insight and dedication to our mission to his new role as chair,” according to FFP CEO Jon Dauphiné.

In addition to being a co-head of Wealth Solutions, Harrison is a managing director and member of the Executive Committee for BNY Mellon’s Pershing. Prior to this role, he led Pershing’s RIA custody business and had positions in business development and relationship management. He has over 20 years of experience serving financial advisors.

“I am pleased to support FFP as we continue our mission to encourage pro bono financial planning. I know I speak for the whole FFP team and board in expressing our gratitude and best wishes to Kate Healy,” Harrison said in a statement. 

“Kate served as an FFP trustee for 12 years, one-and-a-half as chair, and her leadership leaves us well positioned for continuing growth and success,” he added. “We look forward to working with Kate in her new capacity, and with CFP Board, as we drive the movement to foster pro bono service across a diversifying profession.”

While serving as an FFP trustee, Harrison helped craft FFP’s Communities of Color Initiative, funded by Pershing, to bring additional grant support for pro bono financial planning in especially vulnerable underserved communities. He was a 2010 Chairman’s Circle Honoree at BNY Mellon.

Pictured: Ben Harrison and Kate Healy


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