Russell Investments boosts consultant relations team

Team fortifies commitment to consultant relationships and enhancing awareness of Russell Investments’ asset management and implementation capabilities

SEATTLE, September 24, 2015

Russell Investments is boosting its institutional consultant relations practice in the United States with two new hires and the promotion of Mike Reardon to director, U.S. consultant relations. The team will continue to strengthen Russell Investments' relationships with institutional consultants, building even stronger awareness of the firm's capabilities in investment management and implementation services such as transition management, agency foreign exchange and overlay services. Reardon is a Russell Investments veteran with more than 25 years of experience in financial services, and Brittany Meisner and Terry Pope join the company as regional directors, consultant relations, to be based in Seattle and New York, respectively.

"Our consultant relations team has established Russell Investments as a key partner with institutional consultants. Their work raises awareness about the broad spectrum of innovative services and solutions available for client referral or as a complement to a consultant's existing capabilities," said David Rothenberg, managing director, Americas Institutional. "Mike is a well-respected industry veteran, as he brings extensive experience and a sophisticated understanding of how consultants address the objectives of corporate, Taft-Hartley and public pension plan sponsors as well as nonprofit organizations. Likewise, both Brittany and Terry bring valuable expertise to the existing team, and we look forward to their contributions that will help deepen our relationships with the consultant community."

Meisner, who will be based in Seattle, joins Russell Investments from Neuberger Berman where she served as an associate, institutional consultant relations. Prior to Neuberger Berman, she worked at Nuveen Investments as a senior research and marketing associate on the global consultant relations team. She will work primarily with consultants in the western U.S. New York-based Pope joins from Highland Capital Management where she was consultant relations director. Previously, she worked at American Century as an institutional sales and consultant relations vice president. She will primarily work with consultants in the central and southeastern U.S. Reardon will continue to serve the Midwest and Northeast regions of the U.S. while also managing the team.

"In a changing and challenging investment environment, institutional investors continue to need well-constructed investment vehicles and efficient implementation,” said Reardon. “Whether a consultant is seeking an implementation partner for transition management, exposure management or conducting a search for an LDI or target date fund provider, we believe that Russell Investments has something to offer that can benefit institutional investors and their consultants in seeking optimal investment outcomes."

About Russell Investments

Russell Investments is a global asset manager and one of only a few firms that offers actively managed multi-asset portfolios and services that include advice, investments and implementation. Russell Investments stands with institutional investors, financial advisors and individuals working with their advisors—using the firm's core capabilities that extend across capital market insights, manager research, asset allocation, portfolio implementation and factor exposures to help each achieve their desired investment outcomes.

Russell Investments has more than $265 billion in assets under management (as of 6/30/2015) and works with more than 2,500 institutional clients, independent distribution partners and individual investors globally. As a consultant to some of the largest pools of capital in the world, Russell Investments has $2.4 trillion in assets under advisement (as of 12/31/2014). The firm has four decades of experience researching and selecting investment managers and meets annually with more than 2,200 managers around the world. Russell Investments also traded more than $1.7 trillion in 2014 through its implementation services business.

Headquartered in Seattle, Washington, Russell Investments operates globally, including through its offices in Seattle, New York, London, Paris, Amsterdam, Milan, Dubai, Sydney, Melbourne, Auckland, Singapore, Seoul, Tokyo, Beijing, Toronto, Chicago, Milwaukee and Edinburgh. For more information about how Russell Investments helps to improve financial security for people, visit russellinvestments.com or follow @Russell_Invest.

Contacts:
Kate Stouffer Bauman, 206.505.1858, or newsroom@russellinvestments.com 
Davis MacMillan, 718-801-8862, or russell@neibartgroup.com

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