Leadership

Investments Group

Leadership

Christopher O. Blunt – President, Investments Group

Chris Blunt is the President of the Investments Group of New York Life, which includes NYL Investors, New York Life Investment Management (NYLIM), Retail Annuities, Institutional Annuities, and Seguros Monterrey New York Life Mexico. He was appointed to New York Life’s Executive Management Committee in September 2007.

Mr. Blunt joined the company in 2004 as Executive Vice President at New York Life Investment Management and was responsible for setting and executing New York Life Investment Management’s Retail Investments strategy, with particular emphasis on growing New York Life Investment Management’s sales of mutual funds and separate account wrap through all of its distribution partners. In March 2007 he was elected Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Life and Annuity and in 2008 was appointed Executive Vice President in charge of Retirement Income Security (RIS). Prior to his current role and starting in February 2012, he served as Co-President of the Insurance and Agency Group of New York Life Insurance Company, which encompassed the company’s U.S. Life Operations, Seguros Monterrey New York Life Mexico, and AARP Operations.

Prior to joining New York Life Investment Management, Mr. Blunt was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of GivingCapital, Inc., a wealth management solutions provider serving the financial institutions marketplace, and before that spent 14 years in a variety of senior marketing and distribution roles in the investment management industry. Mr. Blunt was the Chief Marketing Officer – Americas, for Merrill Lynch Investment Managers, and President of Mercury Funds Distributors. Before working with Merrill Lynch, he was a Managing Director with Goldman Sachs & Co., and the National Sales Manager for Goldman Sachs Funds.

Mr. Blunt holds FINRA Series 7 and 24 registrations.

Education

Mr. Blunt earned a BA in History from the University of Michigan and an M.B.A. in Finance from The Wharton School.

 

Senior Leadership Team

  • Sara L. Badler – Senior Vice President, Investments Group Compliance

    Sara Badler is responsible for all compliance work for the Investments Group. This encompasses the investment advisers, including NYL Investors LLC and New York Life Investment Management LLC, MainStay Funds, and the investment boutiques. Ms. Badler has more than 25 years of industry experience.

    Ms. Badler was with New York Life Insurance Company from 1994 to 1999 and rejoined the company in 2004. She held positions of increasing responsibility in the Office of General Counsel including the role of Chief Investments Counsel.

    Previously, Ms. Badler was with Morgan Stanley and Van Kampen Investments. During her two years at Morgan Stanley, she was Executive Director responsible for all legal work for U.S. equity mutual funds. During her time at Van Kampen Investments, she was promoted to the role of General Counsel and was responsible for all legal and compliance work for the firm’s business which included open-end funds, closed-end funds, and unit investment trusts. Earlier in her career, Ms. Badler worked for Oppenheimer Funds and Damson Oil Corporation, a syndicator of limited partnerships.

    Education

    Ms. Badler received an AB degree from Cornell University, a Master of Arts degree from Bank Street College of Education and a Juris Doctor from Fordham University School of Law.


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  • David G. Bedard – Chief Financial Officer, Investments Group

    David Bedard is the Chief Financial Officer of New York Life’s Investments Group. He is responsible for all the finance functions for the Investments Group, as well as Risk Management.

    Mr. Bedard re-joined the company in 2013 having previously worked at New York Life from 2007-2010 - first as CFO for New York Life Investments and subsequently for the U.S. Life Insurance and Agency division. Most recently, he was the President of the Annuities Business for ING U.S. His prior experience includes positions with The Hartford Financial Services Group, including as Head of the Global Annuities Runoff Organization and as CFO for the U.S. Wealth Management Group, and positions with Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company and Coopers & Lybrand LLP, where he was a partner.

    Education

    Mr. Bedard holds a BS in Business Administration with a major in accounting from Nichols College and currently serves as a member of its Board of Trustees.


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  • David Cruz – Head of Institutional Annuities

    David Cruz is the head of New York Life Institutional Annuities, which includes the Guaranteed Products, Structured Settlements, and Stable Value Investments businesses. He is responsible for product management, distribution, and service of these businesses which totals approximately $47 billion in combined assets as of March 31, 2015.

    Previously, Mr. Cruz was the head of New York Life’s Retail Annuities business and was accountable for all aspects of the annuity business which included product, marketing, distribution, service, and technology. Prior to that, he was Managing Director of New York Life’s Investments Group Strategy. This role entailed supporting strategic initiatives across the Investments Group, working with all four business areas: Mutual Funds, Institutional Investments, Retail Annuities, and Institutional Annuities.

    Mr. Cruz joined New York Life in 1994 and has held roles of increasing responsibility including product development, product management, and relationship management for the Guaranteed Products business. He was also instrumental in developing New York Life’s presence in the stable value wrap marketplace. Additionally, he led the company’s membership into the Federal Home Loan Bank of New York.

    Mr. Cruz is a CFA® charterholder.

    Education

    Mr. Cruz earned his BS from Villanova University with a major in mathematics and minor in economics. He obtained his MBA from William Paterson University.


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  • Allan Dowiak – Head of Human Resources

    Allan Dowiak is in charge of all Human Resource efforts of the New York Life Investments Group and the company's Technology organization. In this role, his responsibilities include Employee Relations, Training, Organizational Development, Compensation, and Diversity initiatives. Mr. Dowiak has more than 12 years of industry experience and has been in the Human Resources profession for over 30 years.

    Prior to joining the firm in 2002, Mr. Dowiak spent 18 years in various Human Resource positions at Automatic Data Processing, Inc. He performed in regional, divisional, and corporate staff roles of increasing responsibility, ultimately serving as Vice President, Human Resources at ADP.

    Education

    Mr. Dowiak received his BA from Rutgers University.


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  • Stephen Fisher – President of New York Life Investment Management LLC

    Stephen Fisher is the President of New York Life Investment Management LLC (NYLIM). He also serves as President of the MainStay Funds and Chief Marketing Officer for the New York Life Investments Group. Mr. Fisher is responsible for overseeing the MainStay Funds - including product development, portfolio analytics and risk oversight, administration, broker/dealer and shareholder services, marketing, creative/digital services, and Third Party Distribution.

    Prior to joining the firm in 2003, Mr. Fisher was responsible for marketing and product management for UBS Global Asset Management as a Managing Director. Previously, he held senior executive positions in marketing and product development at both Morningstar, Inc. and Prudential Investments. Mr. Fisher has over 25 years of industry experience.

    Mr. Fisher holds FINRA Series 7, 24, and 63 registrations.

    Education

    Mr. Fisher holds a BA in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania and received his MSc. in Economics from the London School of Economics.


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  • Yie-Hsin Hung – Chief Executive Officer of New York Life Investment Management LLC

    Yie-Hsin Hung is Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of New York Life Investment Management LLC (NYLIM) overseeing the company's nearly $300 billion (as of 03.31.15) multi-boutique global asset management business. She also serves as Chairman of NYLIM International.

    Ms. Hung joined the firm in 2010 with more than 25 years of industry experience, having most recently servedas senior advisor at Bridgewater Associates and Managing Director and global head of Strategic Acquisitions and Alliances at Morgan Stanley Investment Management. At Morgan Stanley, she also served as ChiefAdministrative Officer, head of the firm's private equity and absolute return businesses, and had responsibility for the business development effort of the Alternative Investments group. Prior to that, Ms. Hung was a Managing Director in Morgan Stanley's Investment Banking Division for a number of years, with a primary focus on Real Estate.

    Education

    Ms. Hung received BS in Mechanical Engineering from Northwestern University and her MBA from Harvard Business School.


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  • Drew Lawton – Senior Advisor to the President

    Having announced his retirement from New York Life effective December 31, 2015, Drew Lawton now serves as a Senior Advisor to the President of New York Life Investments Group.

    Prior to his current role, he was the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of New York Life Investment Management LLC (NYLIM), overseeing the company’s global asset management businesses including Institutional Investments, MainStay Investments, and Strategic Asset and Allocation Solutions. Previously, he was the Head of the former Retirement Solutions business within the New York Life Investments Group and had oversight for the Guaranteed Products, Retail Annuities’ product and service organizations, third party distribution for mutual fund and annuity products, and the former Retirement Plan Services business. He also oversaw New York Life’s equity- and fixed income-focused investment boutiques.

    Mr. Lawton has over 30 years of industry experience including 11 years with Fidelity Investments in Boston, where he served initially as Senior Vice President at Fidelity's Retirement Services Company and later as Executive Vice President of DB Solutions for the Fidelity Employer Services and then President and CEO of Fidelity Management Trust Company. In 2005, he was instrumental in the formation of Pyramis Global Advisors Trust Company, Fidelity's institutional asset management firm, where he also served as President and CEO. Prior to his tenure with Fidelity, Mr. Lawton spent 16 years with Aetna serving in a variety of positions, most recently as Chief Marketing Officer for Aeltus Investment Management, responsible for defined benefit and defined contribution distribution, marketing, and client service of investment products.

    Mr. Lawton serves on the New York Life Pension Plan and Retirement Plan Board of Trustees. He also serves on the National Board of Directors of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of America. He formerly served on the Board of Governors for the Investment Company Institute (ICI), the Board of the Insured Retirement Institute (IRI) and the Board of Directors of the Employee Benefits Research Institute (EBRI).

    Education

    Mr. Lawton received a BA from Yale University and his MBA in Finance from the University of North Texas.


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  • Anthony Malloy – CEO of NYL Investors LLC

    Anthony Malloy is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of NYL Investors LLC, a wholly-owned investment management subsidiary of New York Life Insurance Company. Mr. Malloy is responsible for NYL Investors' investment teams, strategies, and overall management of the firm. He is responsible for more than $200 billion of fixed income and real estate assets for New York Life’s general account and third party clients.

    Mr. Malloy has more than 25 years of investment management and financial services experience. He joined the firm in 1999 and previously held the position of Senior Managing Director and head of Fixed Income. He also served as Managing Director and head of Leveraged Finance.

    Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Malloy achieved positions of increasing responsibility in lending, risk management, and debt capital markets with J.P. Morgan, Toronto-Dominion, and First Chicago.

    Education

    Mr. Malloy received his BA in English and Economics from Middlebury College and his MBA in Finance from New York University.


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  • Neil Peterson – Head of Technology, Investments Group

    Neil Peterson is the Head of Technology for New York Life’s Investments Group, which includes NYL Investors, New York Life Investment Management, Retail Annuities and Institutional Annuities. These businesses support the management of assets for New York Life’s insurance related portfolios, as well as the management and distribution of institutional and retail financial products.

    Mr. Peterson has 25 years experience as a technology executive in the institutional and insurance investment management domain. Prior to joining New York Life in 2009, he served as Senior Vice President at Neuberger Berman Investment Management LLC (formerly Lehman Brothers Asset Management) and was responsible for the strategy definition and build out of their global investment management platforms. He also served in senior business and technology leadership roles at Deutsche Asset Management and Scudder Investments.

    Education

    Mr. Peterson holds a BA in Economics from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and an MBA in Finance from Suffolk University in Boston.


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  • George Shively – Deputy General Counsel

    George Shively is Deputy General Counsel of New York Life and is responsible for all legal work for the Investments Group. Mr. Shively joined New York Life in 2006.

    Previously, Mr. Shively was Managing Director and Deputy General Counsel with Legg Mason/ Citigroup Asset Management North America LLC, where he served as head of the Investment Advisory Legal Team.

    Education

    Mr. Shively received a BA, cum laude, in Political Science from Middlebury College in Vermont, where he received the Jarrett Award for Excellence in Law & American Politics. He holds a JD from New York University School of Law.


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