Biographies




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    Brian Ahrens

    Executive Vice President, Director, Strategic Investment Research Group

    Brian Ahrens is a senior vice president and head of the Strategic Investment Research Group (SIRG) at PGIM Investments. He and his staff focus on investment consulting, portfolio construction, and risk oversight activities. Currently, the team consults on over $300 billion in total assets.

    Brian is also part of a portfolio management team that manages asset allocation strategies totaling over $45 billion in assets.  His responsibilities include risk oversight, manager fulfillment, and the allocation of assets among multi-manager sleeves.  He has been with Prudential for over 25 years.

    Brian earned his MBA in Finance from the Stern School of Business at New York University.  He graduated from James Madison University with a double major in Finance and German.






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    Gail Trautman

    Senior Associate of Administration

    Gail has been the Executive Assistant of the Strategic Investment Research Group since December 2003. Along with her administrative functions within the group, Gail is also responsible for producing all quarterly reports for presentation to the Insurance and Retail Boards of Directors. Gail first joined Prudential in September of 1997 as a member of the Retirement Services Group where she served in various administrative roles.

    Ms. Trautman earned her Secretarial Certificate from Sussex County Community College in June 1997.






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    David Alter

    Director

    David Alter joined PGIM Investments in July 2010 as an investment manager research analyst within the Strategic Investment Research Group (“SIRG”). Prior to joining SIRG, Mr. Alter spent five years at Prudential Retirement in various capacities including: Investment Product Development, where he developed the Institutional Select sub-advised Platform; and Product Management, where he was responsible for maintaining the firm’s $25 billion Retail Mutual Fund Platform and managing a team of two mutual fund analysts. Before joining Prudential Retirement, Mr. Alter spent two years as an investment manager research analyst at Advest, Inc. and ten years in various roles in the Managed Accounts Group at UBS PaineWebber (now UBS Financial Services, Inc.).

    Mr. Alter graduated from The George Washington University with a B.A. in Liberal Arts.






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    Rick T. Babich

    Vice President

    Mr. Babich serves as the head of manager research for the Strategic Investment Research Group, responsible for the firm’s overall research effort and managing its research analysts.


    Prior to joining Prudential, Mr. Babich was a director of research for Parker Global Strategies, an alternative investment firm specializing in fund-of-fund solutions, where he served on its Investment and Executive committees. Prior, he was a research analyst at Commerzbank in the Alternative Investment Strategies group, responsible for sourcing managers, performing due diligence, and monitoring the investment portfolio. Prior, Mr. Babich worked in various roles at Morgan Stanley and JP Morgan. He began his career in finance as a trader assistant at Caxton Corporation.

    Mr. Babich has a B.S. from Rutgers University in environmental and business economics. He received his M.B.A. from Fordham University with a concentration in finance.  






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    Saleem Banatwala

    Director

    Saleem Banatwala joined PGIM Investments in February 2013 as a research analyst focused on Portfolio Construction with the Strategic Investment Research Group (“SIRG”). Prior to joining SIRG, Mr. Banatwala worked as an analyst for a pension consulting firm, and was responsible for the development of strategic investment policy for various foundations, endowments, and corporate pension plans. In addition to this, he conducted due diligence on various target date fund offerings for corporate defined contribution plans.

    Mr. Banatwala received his B.B.A. from Texas A&M University in College Station, TX. He is a CFA charter holder and a member of the CFA Society New York.





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    Lauren Barone

    Director

    Lauren Barone joined the Strategic Investment Research Group (“SIRG”) in October 2008.  Ms. Barone is responsible for project management for SIRG.  Her primary functions include process development, onboarding new business and technology, and system implementations. Ms. Barone has been with Prudential since 2003. Prior to joining SIRG she worked as in various operational roles throughout the organization.

    Ms. Barone received a B.S. in Business Administration and an M.B.A. from Centenary University.






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    Kathreen-Marie Capiral

    Associate

    Kathreen-Marie Capiral joined PGIM Investments in June 2019 as a research associate within the Strategic Investment Research Group (“SIRG”). Prior to joining SIRG, Ms. Capiral spent three years in Prudential’s Finance Leadership Development Program where she completed three one-year rotations throughout the finance organization.

    Ms. Capiral graduated summa cum laude from Rutgers University with a Bachelor of Science in Finance and a minor in Economics. She is a Level III candidate in the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) program.






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    Cherrise Cederqvist

    Vice President

    Cherrise Cederqvist joined Prudential in 2013 to oversee the Emerging Manager Investment Program. Prior to joining Prudential, Ms. Cederqvist was a Managing Director at Principal Global Investors where she was head of Business Strategy, encompassing Product Development and Acquisitions. Prior, she worked in various institutional sales and marketing roles at Credit Suisse Asset Management, Oppenheimer Capital and UBS Asset Management.

    Ms. Cederqvist has a B.A. from University of Rhode Island in Psychology. She received her MBA from Columbia University.






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    John D'Alessandro

    Director

    John D'Alessandro is responsible for the Strategic Investment Research Group's ("SIRG") Quantitative Research Team. The Quantitative Research Team is tasked with market research and the development of quantitative tools to better understand changing risk environments’ effects on active management.

    Prior to joining the Strategic Investment Research Group (“SIRG”) in May 2009, Mr. D’Alessandro was an investment analyst within the Retirement Plan Strategies department of Prudential Retirement. In this role, Mr. D’Alessandro was responsible for the research and the construction of Prudential Retirement’s target date glide path solution to be used with its retirement income product. Before joining Prudential Retirement, he worked for The Hartford as an investment analyst and Hartford Investment Management Company (HIMCO) as a fixed income portfolio analyst/risk manager.

    Mr. D’Alessandro graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a B.B.A. in Finance.

       





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    Matthew Dingee

    Vice President

    Matt Dingee is a member of the Strategic Investment Research Group's ("SIRG") Investment Strategy Team. The Investment Strategy Team focuses on developing market views and providing thought leadership in support of the management of client investment portfolios and providing proactive advice to SIRG’s clients.

    Mr. Dingee joined SIRG in February 2009 as an investment manager research analyst. Before the formation of the Investment Strategy Team he was a Director of Manager Research.

    Prior to joining SIRG, Mr. Dingee was a senior investment analyst within the Retirement Plan Strategies group of Prudential Retirement. In this role, he was responsible for monitoring and researching investment options across a multitude of asset classes and investment styles.

    Prior to joining Prudential Retirement, Mr. Dingee was employed at Hartford Life as a senior investment analyst responsible for research and oversight of The Hartford's mutual fund platform. He also spent 10 years at Advest, where he served as an investment analyst for the wrap fee separate account program.

    Mr. Dingee graduated from Western Connecticut State University with a B.B.A. in Finance and has earned the right to use the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation. He is a member of the CFA Institute, the Hartford CFA Society, and served on the Finance Committee of Christ Church Cathedral in Hartford, CT.






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    Lynne Holcomb

    Director

    Prior to joining the Strategic Investment Research Group (“SIRG”) in February of 2009, Ms. Holcomb was a senior investment analyst within the Retirement Plan Strategies department of Prudential Retirement. In this role, Ms. Holcomb was responsible for monitoring and researching investment options in the International, Real Estate, and Alternative mandates. Before joining Prudential Retirement, she worked for ING Investment Management (formerly known as Aeltus Investment Management) as an equity analyst, performing both quantitative and qualitative investment analysis. She began her career as an actuarial assistant at Mutual of New York.

    Ms. Holcomb graduated magna cum laude from the University of Connecticut with a B.S. in Mathematics - Actuarial Science. She is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charterholder and is a member of the Hartford CFA Society.






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    Joseph Hunt

    Vice President

    Mr. Hunt joined PGIM Investments in June 2004 as an investment manager research analyst with the Strategic Investment Research Group (“SIRG”). Today he is a Vice President and senior research analyst, overseeing a team of four analysts who are responsible for evaluating fixed income, alternative, and multi-asset strategies. He also directs the due diligence efforts of the firm's sub-advised annuity platform.

    Prior to joining SIRG, he spent thirteen years with PaineWebber Inc. (now UBS Financial Services Inc.), working in various capacities. Mr. Hunt worked as a senior analyst in UBS Financial Services Inc.’s Investment Manager Research Group. In this role, he served as a team leader overseeing the evaluations of all investment management firms in the small- and mid-cap equity asset classes across numerous wrap-fee based programs. Mr. Hunt also served as a member of the Manager Research Review Committee while at PaineWebber Inc.

    Mr. Hunt has a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Saint Peter’s College. He is a Level III candidate in the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) program.






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    Diane Kane

    Director

    Diane Kane joined the Strategic Investment Research Group (“SIRG”) in March 2006. She is responsible for trading and operations support of asset allocation portfolios. Ms. Kane’s primary functions include pre trade compliance, trade execution, and reconciliations. Prior to joining Prudential, Diane was supervisor of international operations at First New York Securities LLC for eight years. She provided trade support for thirty international proprietary traders.

    Diane received her Bachelor's of Science in Business Administration from Marist College.






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    Todd Kerin

    Vice President

    Todd Kerin is a Vice President within PGIM Investments’ Strategic Investment Research Group ("SIRG"). He is a member of SIRG’s Portfolio Construction team where he focuses on the discretionary management of multi-manager and asset allocation investment solutions, within traditional and alternative asset classes.

    Mr. Kerin joined PGIM and SIRG in October 2006 as an investment manager research analyst. Prior to joining PGIM, he spent 12 years with Standard and Poor’s working in various capacities. Most recently, he worked as a senior fixed income mutual fund analyst in S&P’s Credit Market Services Group.

    Mr. Kerin received his M.B.A. in Finance from Saint Thomas Aquinas College and a B.A. in English Literature from Western New England University.






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    Andrei O. Marinich

    Vice President

    Andrei Marinich, Portfolio Manager, serves as Head of Portfolio Construction for PGIM Investments' Strategic Investment Research Group. He and his team are focused on the discretionary management of multi-manager investment portfolios including risk oversight, manager fulfillment and the allocation of assets within multi-manager sleeves for both traditional and non-traditional asset classes and strategies.

    Prior to joining PGIM, Prudential's investment management business, in 2000, Mr. Marinich worked for PaineWebber, Inc. and its subsidiaries as an investment manager research analyst and prior to that, as a senior portfolio analyst at Mitchell Hutchins Asset Management, the asset management arm of PaineWebber. A member of the New York Society of Securities Analysts and the CFA Institute, Mr. Marinich is a graduate of Rutgers University with a degree in Economics and holds the Certified Investment Management Analyst (CIMA) designation from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and the Investments & Wealth Institute.  He also holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.






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    Anar S. Patel

    Manager

    Anar Patel assumed the role of research analyst within the Strategic Investment Research Group (“SIRG”) in March of 2016.  Ms. Patel joined PGIM Investments and SIRG in June 2014 as an Investment Operations Associate, where she was responsible for trading and operations support of the asset allocation portfolios.  Prior to joining SIRG she spent a year with Plan Accounting Investment Operations under PGIM.

    Ms. Patel graduated from Temple University with a B.B.A., cum laude, in Finance and International Business.






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    Jeffrey Peasley

    Vice President

    Mr. Peasley is a Vice President and senior research analyst in the Strategic Investment Research Group of PGIM Investments, joining the organization in February 2009. Mr. Peasley oversees a team of five analysts who are responsible for the due diligence effort of the firm's sub-advised retirement platform. Prior to joining the group, Mr. Peasley was a product manager within the Retirement Plan Strategies department of Prudential Retirement. In this role, Jeff managed the Large Cap Value, Mid Cap Value, Mid Cap Blend and International mandate teams, where his responsibilities included product development, platform management, contract negotiations, sub-advisor relations, and communications.

    Before joining Prudential in 2009, Mr. Peasley spent the past 15 years at Advest, Inc., a regional broker/dealer located in Hartford, CT. His last position at Advest was vice president of due diligence, where he was responsible for the day-to-day management of the department that selected money managers for Advest’s wrap fee programs. Prior to that, Mr. Peasley was vice president and team leader of Managed Accounts Consulting at Advest, where he directed the group that oversaw the management of $1.5 billion in assets by institutional money managers.

    Mr. Peasley has a B.S. in Finance from the University of Connecticut.






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    Parker Philp

    Director

    Parker Philp joined PGIM Investments in January 2014 as a research analyst within the Strategic Investment Research Group (“SIRG”). Prior to joining SIRG, Parker spent more than seven years with an alternative investment firm performing research on multiple strategies and asset classes. In addition to this, Parker served on the firm’s investment and portfolio review committees.

    Mr. Philp graduated from Lehigh University with a Bachelor of Science in Finance and Marketing.






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    Gregory Principato

    Senior Investment Operations Specialist

    Gregory Principato joined the Strategic Investment Research Group (“SIRG”) in June of 2016.  He is responsible for trading and operations support of the asset allocation portfolios. His primary functions include pre-trade compliance, trade execution, and reconciliations. Prior to joining SIRG he spent three years with Plan Accounting Investment Operations under PGIM.

    Mr. Principato graduated from Rutgers University with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. In addition, he received his M.B.A. in Finance from Rutgers University in 2019.






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    Stephanie M. Sullivan

    Director

    Stephanie M. Sullivan joined PGIM Investments in June 2013 as a research associate within the Strategic Investment Research Group ("SIRG"). Prior to joining SIRG, Ms. Sullivan spent three years in Prudential's Finance Leadership Development Program where she completed three one-year rotations throughout the finance organization.

    Ms. Sullivan graduated from Bucknell University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.






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    Richard Tavis

    Vice President

    Richard Tavis is responsible for the Strategic Investment Research Group's ("SIRG") Investment Strategy Team. The Investment Strategy Team focuses on developing market views and providing thought leadership in support of the management of client investment portfolios and providing proactive advice to SIRG’s clients.

    Mr. Tavis joined PGIM Investments in October 2003 as an investment manager research analyst. Before the formation of the Investment Strategy Team he was a member of SIRG’s Portfolio Construction group. Prior to joining SIRG, Mr. Tavis worked with Chartwell Consulting, an institutional investment consulting firm, primarily providing due diligence on investment management firms to corporate pension plans, endowments, and foundations.

    Mr. Tavis received his Bachelor of Science in Economics and Finance, summa cum laude, from Rider University. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charterholder, as well as a member of the CFA Institute and the New York Society of Securities Analysts.






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    Michael C. Wasserman

    Vice President

    Michael Wasserman joined Prudential in July 2006 and is a Vice President and senior research analyst in the Strategic Investment Research Group (SIRG). His primary responsibilities include manager research due diligence and board reporting for the sub-advised insurance platform.

     

    Before joining SIRG in 2006, he spent two years as an independent financial advisor to high net worth individuals. Prior to that, Mr. Wasserman was a Director at Standard & Poor’s for six years, where he was instrumental in developing Standard & Poor’s mutual fund research group and Select List of Funds. He served as a senior voting member of Standard & Poor’s Investment Policy Committee for fund selection. Before Standard & Poor’s, Mr. Wasserman spent nine years a Chase Manhattan Bank’s Consulting Group (now JPMorgan Chase) as assistant vice president as lead consultant for the group’s coverage of IBM’s pension plan.

    Mr. Wasserman received his M.B.A in Finance, with Distinction, from Adelphi University and B.A. in Economics from the State University of New York at Albany.






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    Steven West

    Director

    Steven West joined the Strategic Investment Research Group in May 2002. Mr. West has been with Prudential for 10 years, serving first as a financial advisor and later an internal coordinator for Investment Management Sales. Prior to working with Prudential, Steve worked as both a design and application engineer.

    Mr. West holds a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from West Virginia University. He is currently a CFA Level II candidate.






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    Robert Whalen

    Vice President

    Robert Whalen joined PGIM Investments Strategic Investment Research Group (“SIRG”) in October 2007 and is responsible for trading and operations support for the asset allocation products offered on the Variable Annuities platform. Primary responsibilities include pre trade compliance, trade execution and portfolio reconciliations. Mr. Whalen joined Prudential in 1998 where he was responsible for the Quantitative Management Associates operations group. Bob also spent 13 years with the Chase Manhattan Bank in the Global Futures and International Capital Markets groups.

    Mr. Whalen earned his M.B.A. in Finance from Iona College.