Michelle Seitz, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Russell Investments

Michelle Seitz


Michelle Seitz is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Russell Investments. In 2017, she was recruited to Russell Investments to transform the firm in terms of growth and corporate culture. Over three years, she restructured the management team, revamped client offerings, and built sales and profitability while focusing the firm around its core purpose "to improve people's financial security." Before joining Russell Investments, Seitz spent 22 years at William Blair, serving 16 years on the firm's board and as CEO of William Blair Investment Management. By driving continuous innovation, she dramatically expanded William Blair's institutional, mutual fund, and private wealth management businesses. Seitz is a frequent keynote speaker at industry events, notably on financial security, leadership, innovation, and diversity, equity, and inclusion. She is a member of Challenge Seattle, an alliance of CEOs from the region's largest employers. She is on the board of the Washington Roundtable and on the Dean's Council at the Indiana University Kelley School of Business, where she graduated in 1987 with a B.S. in Accounting. Seitz became a CFA charterholder in 1990.