New York (HedgeCo.Net) – The Hedge Fund Association (“HFA”), a global nonprofit trade and nonpartisan lobbying organization, announces it has added three female leaders including FINalternatives Publisher Deirdre Brennan as UK Regional Chapter Director; C&A Consulting Director Amy Poster to the Regulatory & Government Advisory Board and HFA High-Net-Worth Chair and The Rudin Group CEO April Rudin to the Board of Directors. To recognize the female trio’s additions the HFA is offering a complimentary six month membership to all female hedge fund professionals worldwide including managers, investors and industry service providers.
Rudin, HFA’s High-Net-Worth Chairwoman, was elected to HFA’s Board of Directors in February for a two-year term. She will continue to work alongside fellow leaders to develop educational programs and initiatives focused on affluent investors and hedge fund managers. Rudin founded The Rudin Group in November 2009, an UHNW/HNW financial services marketing firm to help companies including family offices, wealth managers and hedge funds create and execute multi-channel marketing strategies. She began her career at Kelly Services where she initiated and led global technology programs and marketing. She has been HFA’s High-Net-Worth Advisory Board Chairwoman since December 2012.
“It is a great time to be a hedge fund manager: regulatory changes, next-gen wealth, digital and social platforms have changed marketing dramatically. Later this year we plan to introduce new and valuable initiatives to help our members engage with and attract high-net-worth investors,” said Rudin. “I am excited to bring my experience, enthusiasm and network to the HFA’s elected Global Board of Directors.”
Brennan, who was appointed this month, will lead the HFA in the UK, producing local educational and networking events. Brennan founded FINalternatives in 2005 as the premier, independent source for news on the alternative investment industry. FINalternatives is delivered to 50,000 subscribers each business day, making it the most widely read publication focusing on the hedge fund community. Prior to founding FINalternatives, she was an editor at Institutional Investor News, where she developed a series of online newsletters including Hedge Fund Daily. Originally from Cambridge, Massachusetts, she earned a BA in English and Journalism from Pepperdine University in Malibu, California and an MA in International Affairs from Columbia University (SIPA) in New York. She currently resides in London.
“I am thrilled to be appointed as the HFA’s UK Regional Chapter Director,” Brennan said. “The UK is one of the most prominent hedge fund communities in the world, and I look forward to supporting the HFA’s local members by developing new educational and networking programs in this very important region.”
Poster, also appointed this month, will work alongside fellow HFA Regulatory & Government Advisory Board members to educate lawmakers and regulators about hedge funds. Poster was previously a Senior Policy Advisor at the US Department of Treasury’s Office of the Special Inspector General-TARP (SIGTARP), where she was responsible for developing the US Treasury’s Public Private Investment Program (PPIP). Prior to her role at SIGTARP, she spent more than 15 years at four top tier investment banks including Credit Suisse; Donaldson, Lufkin, and Jenrette; Bear Stearns and Lehman Brothers.
“The HFA is a well-regarded organization that plays a vital role in our industry, especially educating lawmakers and regulators about hedge funds,” said Poster. “I look forward to serving on the HFA’s Regulatory & Government Advisory Board to inform governing bodies and advocate on behalf of the hedge fund industry.”
“We are very pleased to have April, Deirdre and Amy as part of the HFA’s leadership team,” said Ron Geffner, HFA’s Vice President and a Partner at Sadis and Goldberg, LLP. “To celebrate the addition of these leaders all women hedge fund professionals are invited to enjoy complimentary HFA membership for six months.”
“As the Executive Director for the HFA, I am proud of our efforts to boost leadership roles for talented women, and the appointments of our newest female leaders Deirdre and Amy are great additions to the organization, along with April’s election as the first female to the Global Board of Directors,” said Lara Block. “The HFA previously appointed other extraordinary women to leadership roles, including Marcia Rothschild of Citibank N.A. as Brazilian Chapter Co-Director, Christina Bodden of Maples and Calder as Cayman Islands Chapter Co-Director, Hannah Shaw Grove of HSGrove LLC as High-Net Worth Advisory Board Member, Michelle Furnari of LatAm Alternatives as Argentinian and Uruguay Chapter Co-Director, Gabrielle Guttman of Connext Consulting as Business Development Advisory Board Member, and Adriana Kostov as Australian Chapter Director.”
“The HFA applauds the leading non-profit organizations for women in our industry, 100 Women in Hedge Funds and High Water Women,” said Mitch Ackles, HFA’s President. “These organizations have done a great deal to empower women through education, advocacy and philanthropy. We are very proud to be able to complement their efforts by expanding female leadership roles in the HFA.”