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Curian Capital® Expands Asset Management And Product Teams

Curian Capital, LLC (, an asset management company that manufactures and distributes a comprehensive suite of investment strategies and asset management solutions to financial advisors and institutional clients, today announced the addition of four new executives to the product development and asset management teams.

John Smith joins Curian’s asset management team in the role of vice president and client portfolio manager. In his new role, he will serve as a direct resource for Curian’s institutional clients and regional business consultants. Mr. Smith has over 25 years of investment management experience working with institutional and individual accounts. Prior to joining Curian, he was a senior investment consultant and senior associate at Evaluation Associates/Mercer Investing Consulting. He also spent more than 16 years as a vice president and investment relationship manager with The Capital Group Companies in New York and Los Angeles.

Brian Hargreaves has joined Curian as vice president of strategic development, a role dedicated to the firm’s continuing product development in the alternatives space. Mr. Hargreaves comes to Curian from UBS Global Asset Management in Chicago where he spent five years as a director involved in product expansion and platform development for the Institutional Hedge Fund Division. He has previous investment management experience with the CME Group and Arthur Andersen.

Mark Godfrey has joined Curian as vice president and director of the Client Portfolio Management team in support of Elite Access, a product recently launched by Curian’s parent company, Jackson National Life Insurance Company (Jackson ®). Elite Access is an investment vehicle that focuses on alternatives to provide the potential for greater portfolio diversification. Mr. Godfrey has more than 20 years of experience in investment management and alternative asset classes and last served as the director of investor relations for Arrowpoint Partners. Previously, Mr. Godfrey led the Client Portfolio Management team at Janus Capital Group.

Most recently, Susanne Leisy joined Curian as vice president of strategic development for the Registered Investment Advisor (RIA) and institutional channels. In her new role, Ms. Leisy will lead the firm’s strategic design, product development, infrastructure build and market entry into these two channels. With over 15 years experience in the securities industry as both management consultant and executive, Ms. Leisy previously served as vice president of investment product management for Charles Schwab, and led strategic business initiatives for JPMorgan Chase in New York.

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