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.

“Each of these executives bring an incredible depth of expertise in the alternative investments and institutional spaces,” said Michael Bell, Curian’s president and chief executive officer. “They will work together in a proactive effort to meet evolving advisor and investor alternative strategies needs. The delivery of alternatives to investors in a variety of product formats is a major focus for Curian, given the market volatility of the recent past and the increased desire to stabilize portfolio returns.”

Curian has an established presence in the alternatives market, first introducing alternatives to its custom style portfolios (CSP) in 2009. Curian serves as a third-party investment manager for Jackson ®, responsible for managing over 20 alternative and risk mitigation-focused strategies on the Elite Access platform.

“All four of these individuals bring invaluable knowledge and experience to our firm, and they will be great assets to continuing our growth into new markets,” Bell said. “We’re thrilled to have built a world-class leadership team in order to continue expanding our footprint into the alternatives and institutional channels.”

About Curian Capital

Curian Capital, LLC ( is an asset management company that manufactures and distributes a comprehensive suite of investment strategies and asset management solutions to financial advisors and institutional clients. The company has $8.2 billion in assets under management as of 3/31/12.

Curian Capital is an indirect subsidiary of Prudential plc (NYSE: PUK), a company incorporated and with its principal place of business in the United Kingdom. Prudential plc and its affiliated companies constitute one of the world's leading financial service groups. It provides insurance and financial services directly and through its subsidiaries and affiliates throughout the world. It has been in existence for more than 160 years and had more than $545 billion in assets under management as of 12/31/11. Prudential plc is not affiliated in any manner with Prudential Financial, Inc., a company whose principal place of business is in the United States of America.

Curian Capital, LLC acts as the Registered Investment Advisor for Curian Custom Style Portfolios. Curian Clearing LLC (member FINRA/SIPC) is the exclusive broker for these programs, for which it provides brokerage execution, processing and custody services. Investing in securities involves certain risks, including possible loss of principal.

Elite Access Fixed and Variable Annuity (VA650, VA 660) is issued by Jackson National Life Insurance Company (Home Office: Lansing, Michigan) and in New York (VA650NY, VA 660NY) by Jackson National Life Insurance Company of New York (Home Office: Purchase, New York). Variable annuities are distributed by Jackson National Life Distributors LLC, member FINRA. May not be available in all states, and state variations apply. This product has limitations and restrictions, including withdrawal charges and excess interest adjustments (interest rate adjustments in New York) where applicable. Jackson issues other variable annuities with similar features, benefits, limitations and charges. Discuss them with your representative or contact Jackson for more information.

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