CEO and Head of WFAM
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Kristi Mitchem is chief executive officer and head of Wells Fargo Asset Management (WFAM). WFAM offers 29 autonomous investment teams with specialized expertise and proven processes, more than 500 investment professionals, and a global reach with offices and clients around the world.
Ms. Mitchem also serves on the Operating Committee of the Wealth and Investment Management division of Wells Fargo and is a member of the Wells Fargo Management Committee. Prior to joining Wells Fargo in 2016, Ms. Mitchem had served as executive vice president, head of the Americas Institutional Client Group, and member of the Executive Management Group at State Street Global Advisors (SSGA), the investment management arm of State Street Corporation.
Ms. Mitchem is a passionate advocate for issues supporting diversity and inclusion and at State Street was a driving force in bringing to market a gender diversity index exchange-traded fund designed to invest in U.S. companies committed to advancing the roles women play in their management and on their boards.
Before joining SSGA, Ms. Mitchem worked at BlackRock (and the former Barclays Global Investors) as a managing director and head of the U.S. Defined Contribution business and as the head of U.S. Transition Services. She began her career at Goldman Sachs, where she held various sales and management roles over the course of nine years.
Ms. Mitchem has more than 17 years of experience in asset management, defined contribution, and equities markets. She was named one of the Top Women in Asset Management by Money Management Executive in 2017 and one of Treasury & Risk’s Top 100 Influential People in 2008.
Ms. Mitchem earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Davidson College, where she graduated summa cum laude and was awarded First Honors. She earned a master’s degree in business administration from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where she was an Arjay Miller Scholar. She is also a Fulbright Scholar.