Managing partners

Donald H. Putnam - Managing Partner, Executive Chairman and Acting CEO

Mr. Putnam founded Manifold Partners in 2012, prior to which he founded Grail Partners LLC in 2005 where he currently serves as Managing Partner. In 1987 he founded Putnam Lovell Securities and served as CEO and Chairman of the Board. He was an Executive Vice President and Division President of SEI, founder and President of SEI Financial Services Company, and founder and President of its mutual funds. Before SEI he was a Senior Consultant at Catallactics Corporation where he devised new quantitative products for major banks. His career began at Bankers Trust Company where he worked with quantitative and systems teams serving ERISA clients.

John Griff - Managing Partner and President

Mr. Griff has enjoyed an over 40-year financial services career that has spanned investment banking and asset management. Most recently, he served as Chief Operating Officer of publicly held Gleacher & Company, a boutique investment banking and asset management firm specializing in Advisory, Capital Markets, Fixed Income, and Private Equity, where he was also CEO of the Broker-Dealer.  Mr. Griff served as Strategic Advisor to the CEO at LNR Property Corporation where he shared responsibility for LNR’s European business units, including a Commercial Real Estate fund. Mr. Griff served as President of Putnam Lovell, a boutique investment bank specializing in the financial services sector. He was simultaneously CEO of HSBC USA, Inc., HSBC’s US based Investment Banking business, and Co-Head of HSBC’s Global Fixed Income business. Mr. Griff also served in senior roles at then NationsBanc Capital Markets, Lehman Brothers, and Merrill Lynch. Mr. Griff is a graduate of Fordham University where he earned a BS degree majoring in Finance and Marketing.

Jane A. Kanter - Managing Partner, Chief Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer   

Ms. Kanter has been in the financial services industry for almost 40 years.  Prior to joining Manifold Partners, Ms. Kanter served as General Counsel and Chief Operating Officer of ARK Investment Management LLC from June 2014 through September 2016.  Prior to that Ms. Kanter was a senior Partner at Dechert LLP from May 1997 to June 2014.  Ms. Kanter has worked in the investment company industry since 1980 in various capacities: in private legal practice as a partner with various law firms, with T. Rowe Price Associates as Vice President and Associate Legal Counsel, and in the SEC’s Division of Investment Management as the Head of the Investment Company Disclosure Study from 1980 to 1983.  Ms. Kanter received her B.A. (with honors) from Queens College in 1970, her J.D. from Brooklyn Law School in 1973 (where she was a member of the Law Review), and her LL.M. in taxation from Washington University in 1976.

 

OPERATIONS AND CLIENT SERVICE

William J. Hines - CTO & Head, Portfolio Strategy

Mr. Hines has over 12  years of experience in computer programming and designing user interfaces. He has managed dozens of projects end-to-end, including developing LAMP-stack web applications front-to-back, creating information architecture and wireframes for online experiences, illustrating award-winning brand identities, and designing marketing materials for print and web. Mr. Hines’ previous titles include Senior Production Artist, IT Admin, and Manager of Communications and Technology.

Andrew Putnam - Head of Client Service and Operations                                                                                                            
Mr. Putnam is the head of operations and client services at Manifold. He has a robust history of hands-on investment operations management beginning in 2006 at Conifer Securities. His experience covers a wide range of services for various fund types and clients, both domestic and international. Mr. Putnam is Series 7 certified and graduated from Washington University in St. Louis in 2006.

 PORTFOLIO MANAGEMENT

Kent Baur - Chief Risk Officer and Head of Portfolio Management                                                                                          
Mr. Baur has over 25 years of institutional investment experience, spanning fundamental equity, quantitative hedge funds and multi-asset portfolios. He has been involved in nearly every element of the investment process, from managing fundamental research teams and portfolio teams, to risk management, portfolio construction, and implementation. He co-founded Summit Strategies Group in 1994, and his previous positions include Chief Operating Officer, Managing Director, and Chief Risk Officer.

Nicholas Wherry - Portfolio Manager

Mr. Wherry is an Associate Portfolio Manager in the Global Equity Portfolio Management Group. Mr. Wherry is responsible for analytical and support functions for. He has over seven years’ experience in systematic global equities. Before Manifold, Mr. Wherry was a systems analyst at StraighThrough Inc. in Canada, specializing in code related to the portfolio management and middle office software. Mr. Wherry gained his B.S. in Physics from NYU in 2004.