Cowen Group Expands Leadership Team With Two Hires And A Promotion

Jul 6 2017 | 8:01pm ET

Diversified financial services company Cowen has expanded its senior leadership with the addition of former Convergex executive Ann Neidenbach as chief information officer and ex-Credit Suisse institutional equity sales executive Patrice Growney Aitken as head of mid-Atlantic equity sales, as well as the promotion of Cowen managing director Kelly Weigel to head of marketing and client services.

In their new roles, Neidenbach will direct the firm’s global strategic technology innovations across all business lines, while Weigel will oversee the coordination of the firm’s global corporate access, marketing and communications initiatives, Cowen said in a statement.

Prior to joining Cowen, Neidenbach held a similar position at global prime brokerage specialist Convergex, which was acquired by Cowen earlier this year, and NASDAQ. She also held senior positions at Citibank and Lava Trading.  

Weigel, meanwhile, ran her own consulting company prior to joining Cowen in 2014, providing conference logistics and one-on-one meeting coordination for a variety of investment banks. Beforehand, she spent 14 years at Bank of America (formerly Montgomery Securities) in the corporate access and syndicate groups.

Growney-Aitken previously worked at Credit Suisse, where she was a managing director in institutional equity sales primarily covering the Mid-Atlantic region for more than 17 years. She also held similar roles with Donaldson Lufkin Jenrette.

Founded in 1918 and based in New York, Cowen Group is a diversified financial services firm providing alternative asset management, investment banking, research, sales and trading and prime brokerage services through Cowen Investment Management, its alternative investment segment, and Cowen and Company, its broker-dealer unit. 

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