Six veteran leaders appointed to key regional leadership posts
“As we merge two of the nation’s premiere wealth firms -- Wells Fargo Wealth Management Group and Wachovia Wealth Management -- our goal was to find leaders who can best guide our high net worth clients through the complexities that wealth often creates,” said Gregor. “These are highly experienced individuals who bring a great deal of wisdom and insight to leading the teams of specialists who will guide clients through these challenging times.”
Reporting to Gregor are:
- John Dowd will be regional managing director for the Northeast Region, including Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York, based in New York City. Dowd previously served as wealth management director for Wachovia Wealth Management in the Northeast Region. He joined Wachovia in 2008 from Bank of New York/Mellon where he led the Tri-State Region for the company’s wealth management group. Prior to that position, he served as head of the Private Bank and chief trust officer for the Bank of New York.
- John Duchala will be regional managing director for the Penn/Del Region, including Delaware and Pennsylvania, based in Philadelphia. Previously Duchala served as senior regional manager for Wells Fargo Wealth Management Group in New York. He rejoined Wells Fargo in 2008 from JP Morgan Private Client Services, where he was regional director. He previously had served in various leadership roles for Wells Fargo Private Bank, including regional manager in the Northeast and regional sales director for brokerage services in Texas and New Mexico.
- Gregory Bronstein will be regional managing director for the Mid-Atlantic Region, including Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia, based in Washington, D.C. Previously, Bronstein served as senior regional manager for Wells Fargo Wealth Management Group in the state of Washington. Since joining Wells Fargo in 1992, Bronstein has served in various leadership roles, including head of Wealth Management-Regional Bank Cross-Business Partnerships, co-chief executive officer of Wells Fargo Investments and director of National Sales for Wells Fargo Investments.
- Jeff Hartman will be regional managing director for the Carolinas Region, including North and South Carolina, based in Charlotte. Previously, Hartman served as private banking director for Wachovia Wealth Management in the Southeast Region. He has been with Wachovia since 1980 and served in several leadership roles, including director of the Private Advisory Group and Mid-Atlantic wealth management director.
- Kim Radford will be regional managing director for the Southeast Region, including Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi and Tennessee, based in Atlanta. Previously, Radford served as regional president for the Carolinas-Virginia Region of Wachovia’s bank brokerage channel. He joined Wachovia in 1992 and previously served as the state manager for North Carolina/South Carolina for Wachovia Investments.
- Bill D’Antignac will be regional managing director for the Florida Region, based in Jacksonville. Previously, D’Antignac served as regional president for the Southeast Region of Wachovia’s bank brokerage channel. He has been in Florida since 2000, having previously served as regional president for the Investment Services Group in the Northeast and Pennsylvania/Delaware regions.
Gregor said that selection of these six leaders is a significant step in moving forward with the integration of Wells Fargo Wealth Management Group and Wachovia Wealth Management. The two wealth management firms will continue to operate separately and maintain separate brands until the parent company completes the integration. The company is committed to proceeding carefully in the integration of the two organizations, Gregor added, and maintaining a sharp focus on client service.
“We continue to stay focused on delivering the excellent client service for which Wachovia and Wells Fargo Wealth Management Group have been nationally recognized,” said Gregor. “We have an incredible opportunity to help our clients through this challenging economic climate, and build upon the company's reputation for client service and loyalty, and its generations of experience in serving high-net worth clients. The leaders appointed today are talented and seasoned wealth professionals who offer a great understanding of what it means to be that trusted advisor to clients looking for stability.”
Wells Fargo Wealth Management Group serves clients in 39 states and the District of Columbia, providing a full range of investment advice, solutions and services to help individuals and families build, manage, preserve and transfer their wealth.
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