Nuveen Expands DCIO Team to Support Strategic Business Growth

NEW YORK--()--Nuveen, a leading global investment manager, appointed several key executives to positions supporting its Defined Contribution Investment Only (DCIO) business.

“We see tremendous opportunity to leverage our firm’s century of experience in retirement plan investing and are pleased to welcome these talented professionals to the team as part of our plan to do so,” said Erin Donnelly, Executive Vice President and Head of DCIO at Nuveen. “Building on our record DCIO sales in 2016, we are now even better positioned to bring the full breadth of our highly competitive investment solutions to retirement plan clients.”

The new hires are part of a strategic growth initiative which began with the appointment of Ms. Donnelly in April 2016 to lead the firm’s fully integrated DCIO efforts.

Additions to the team include:

  • Kate Jonas who joined as leader of the Consultant Relations team and is based in New York. In this role, she supports the firm’s sales efforts in both the defined benefit and defined contribution plan markets, building out Nuveen’s strategy and support of consultants. Ms. Jonas joined the firm from BlackRock’s Global Client Group, where she led defined contribution consultant relations for the institutional defined contribution team covering the United States and Canada.
  • Christine Stokes who joined as Head of Retirement Practice Management and is based in New York. Ms. Stokes is responsible for enhancing the firm’s practice management offering in the retirement space to support the distribution growth strategy. Previously, Ms. Stokes worked at Voya Investment Management, where she was a senior product manager focused on multi-asset solutions for the institutional, intermediary and affiliate businesses.
  • Daniel Noschese who joined the DCIO Sales team and is based in Chicago. He is responsible for DCIO sales through retirement specialists in the Midwest. Formerly with Putnam Investments, Mr. Noschese served as a Defined Contribution Investment Specialist where he was responsible for external DCIO sales for the Midwest region.
  • Matthew Kasa who joined the DCIO Sales team and is based in Newport Beach. Mr. Kasa is responsible for DCIO sales and retirement advisor development in the Southwest. Most recently, Mr. Kasa was a vice president for DCIO sales in the southwestern United States with American Century Investments.
  • Ashish Gandhi who will join in mid-May with responsibility for DCIO Institutional Sales. He will be based in Boston. Mr. Gandhi will execute Nuveen’s new business development efforts targeting large institutional clients representing Nuveen’s full suite of capabilities, including its target date offerings, to defined contribution plan sponsors. Mr. Gandhi was previously a director within LMCG Investments’ institutional business.

Nuveen is the fourth largest investment manager of defined contribution assets in the United States and the sixth largest manager of target date fund assets. Its DCIO team works in consultation with plan sponsors, consultants and retirement plan advisors to evaluate the investment menus of retirement plans and identify ways to improve outcomes for plan participants.

Through Nuveen’s investment affiliates, the DCIO team delivers a wide range of competitive fixed income and equity mutual funds and a diversified suite of environmental, social and governance (ESG) equity and fixed income funds. The team also offers the highly-ranked TIAA-CREF Lifecycle Funds and TIAA-CREF Lifecycle Index Funds, award-winning asset allocation options well-suited to act as the qualified default investment alternatives (QDIA) of defined contribution plans.

About Nuveen

Nuveen offers a comprehensive range of outcome-focused investment solutions designed to secure the long-term financial goals of institutional and individual investors. As the investment management arm of TIAA, Nuveen has $906 billion in assets under management as of 3/31/17 and operations in 16 countries. Its affiliates offer deep expertise across a comprehensive range of traditional and alternative investments through a wide array of vehicles and customized strategies. For more information, please visit

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Mary Ellen Higgins


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