Maryam H. Muessel. Ms. Muessel has been a senior leader in the financial industry for decades. She was the Chief Investment Officer for Global Credit at BNP Paribas, a $1 trillion global asset manager. At BNP, she was responsible for defining and monitoring the management process and the investment strategy implemented by the credit investment teams across over $250 billion in fixed income mandates globally. Maryam also actively participated in designing and developing the product range. She joined Fortis Investments in 2004 as the CIO for US Fixed Income & Structured Finance, which was ultimately acquired by BNP. In 2008 she became COO of Alternatives & Solutions division with a direct responsibility on Global Credit & Hybrids. Prior to Fortis, she was ACA’s COO and head of Structured Credit and Asset Management Business. From 1998 to 2004, Maryam held senior positions at Prudential Securities where she was in charge of the CDO business, MBIA where she was in charge of their Alternative Investment business and at CapMAC where she was in charge of their structured credit and financial engineering business. She began her career in 1985 at Mellon Bank. Maryam is a graduate in Economics from University of Southern California and holds a Doctorate/MA in Economics from Georgetown University.
Tony Ash, CFA. Mr. Ash has 30 years of broad experience in asset allocation and investment risk management. Most recently, he served as Managing Director and Head of US Portfolio Management at Sun Life Financial. In that role he developed and implemented investment policies, strategies, and mandates for $37 billion in all asset classes backing the insurance general account. He entered the financial services industry in 1982 as an Investment Analyst at New England Life and joined the U.S. Operations of Sun Life Financial in 1985. During his tenure at Sun Life, Tony led the launch of a successful multi-billion dollar captive investment adviser (Sun Capital Advisers, LLC) and investment company complex (Sun Capital Advisers Trust) in 1998 and also served as internal Investment Advisor to the Sun Life U.S. Employees Defined Benefit and Defined Contribution plans from 1999 to 2009. Tony received his BA in Economics and his MBA in Investments both from Boston College. Tony has been a member of the ACLI Investment Advisory Council for the SIMS Conference.