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CFA Society Chicago’s Board of Directors is pleased to announce it has appointed Christopher T. Vincent, CFA, as the new chief executive officer of CFA Society Chicago effective May 4, 2020.

Mr. Vincent is a former partner and head of William Blair’s Fixed Income team. Over the last 17 years, Chris served as a portfolio manager for the firm’s Fixed Income Strategies and as a portfolio manager for the firm’s various fixed income mutual funds. Chris announced his desire to retire in 2018, and since October 2019, has been in the process of transitioning his former roles.

“We are extremely excited to welcome Chris as our new chief executive officer,” said Dan Kastholm, CFA, and current chair of CFA Society Chicago’s Board of Directors. “We are so lucky to have been able to find someone of Chris’ caliber to lead our great Society into the future. His vast amount of professional investment management experience, his network in the Chicago investment community, his knowledge of CFA Institute and CFA Society Chicago, make him a perfect fit for this leadership role.”

Mr. Vincent, a CFA charterholder, has been actively involved in the leadership of both CFA Institute and CFA Society Chicago. He was on CFA Society Chicago’s Board of Directors from 2012-2016 and served as chair of CFA Society Chicago’s Board of Directors from 2014-2015. In the past, Mr. Vincent served on CFA Institute’s Annual Conference Advisory Group.

“I am truly excited to be given the privilege to lead CFA Society Chicago,” said Chris Vincent, CFA. “I am looking forward to the opportunity to further raise the bar for our Society and deliver on our three strategic pillars – Deliver Member Value, Build Future Professionals, and Build Market Integrity.”

Prior to joining William Blair in 2002, Chris was a portfolio manager at Kemper Financial Services (and its successor firms) in Chicago for 14 years. In that role, he managed core and core plus fixed income portfolios for institutional clients. He began his investment career in 1983 as a pension plan sponsor at Ralston Purina, a Fortune 100 company headquartered in St. Louis. Chris holds a B.S.B.A. from the University of Missouri and an M.B.A. from Saint Louis University.

Please join us in welcoming Chris Vincent, CFA, as our new CEO.

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