NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Cowen Inc. (NASDAQ:COWN) (“Cowen” or the “Company”) today announced that Ann Neidenbach, who joined the firm upon the closing of the Company’s recent acquisition of Convergex, has been appointed Managing Director and Chief Information Officer and will direct the firm’s global strategic technology innovations across all business lines. In addition, Kelly Weigel was promoted to Head of Marketing and Client Services and will oversee the coordination of the firm’s global corporate access, marketing and communications initiatives. Finally, Patrice Growney Aitken has joined Cowen’s Equity Sales and Trading team as Managing Director and Head of Mid-Atlantic Equity Sales.
“I am very pleased to welcome Ann and Patrice to the Cowen team as they both are proven leaders in their respective fields and bring to Cowen an impressive background in the financial services field and underscore Cowen’s vision to foster an inclusive and collaborative work environment,” said Jeffrey M. Solomon, President of Cowen. “In addition, since joining Cowen over 3 years ago, Kelly has elevated Cowen’s Corporate Access initiative with a commitment on delivering exceptional client service. In her expanded role, Kelly will oversee the firm’s global marketing and media relations initiatives and will provide her strategic vision to further promote Cowen and its vast offerings to our global client base.”
As Cowen Managing Director and Head of Mid-Atlantic Equity Sales, Ms. Growney Aitken provides her expertise, insight and advice to assist the firm’s clients’ investment process. Ms.Growney Aitken previously worked at Credit Suisse where she was a Managing Director in Institutional Equity Sales primarily covering the Mid-Atlantic region for over 17 years. She also held similar roles with Donaldson Lufkin Jenrette where she was a recipient of the firm’s Super Achiever Award. Ms. Growney Aitken started her career as a trader at Kidder Peabody. Ms. Growney Aitken received a BA in Journalism from the Bellisario College of Communications from Penn State University.
Ms. Neidenbach, a well-known technology expert, joins Cowen following its recent acquisition of Convergex and has over 25 years of experience in the global financial industry. As Cowen Managing Director and Chief Information Officer, Ms. Neidenbach is responsible for providing strategic direction of Cowen’s technology innovation across all its businesses and will lead the firm’s software development, information services, business processes and technical infrastructure. Prior to joining Cowen, Ms. Neidenbach held similar positions at Convergex and NASDAQ and also held senior positions at Citibank and Lava Trading. Ms. Neidenbach currently serves as an advisor on the UTP/CTA Committee and also serves on the Paxos Market Advisory Group. Ms. Neidenbach has a BS degree from the Whitman School of Management, Syracuse University.
Kelly Weigel is Managing Director and Head of Marketing and Client Services and is responsible for overseeing and managing the firm’s global marketing activities, media relations, corporate access, conferences and research analyst marketing. Prior to joining Cowen, Ms. Weigel ran her own consulting company that provided conference logistics and one-on-one meeting coordination for a variety of investment banks. Ms. Weigel also spent 14 years at Bank of America (formerly Montgomery Securities) in the corporate access and syndicate groups. Ms. Weigel has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California at Berkeley.
About Cowen Inc.
Cowen Inc. is a diversified financial services firm and, together with its consolidated subsidiaries, provides alternative asset management, investment banking, research, sales and trading and prime brokerage services through its two business segments: Cowen Investment Management and its affiliates make up the Company’s alternative investment segment, while Cowen and Company, a member of FINRA and SIPC, and its affiliates make up the Company’s broker-dealer segment. Cowen Investment Management provides alternative asset management solutions to a global client base and manages a significant portion of Cowen’s proprietary capital. Cowen and Company and its affiliates offer industry focused investment banking for growth-oriented companies, domain knowledge-driven research, a sales and trading platform for institutional investors and a comprehensive suite of prime brokerage services. Founded in 1918, the firm is headquartered in New York and has offices worldwide. For additional information, visit www.cowen.com.