Executive leaves hedge fund Citadel

Reuters – A Citadel Investment Group LLC executive who ran an unprofitable credit investment group for the large hedge fund company has resigned, a person familiar with the matter said on Friday.

Joe Russell, who was instrumental in making Citadel’s investments in E*Trade Financial  this year and in failed hedge fund Sowood Capital last year, left the Chicago-based firm this week, said the source, who requested anonymity in order to speak freely about the matter.

Russell ran the smallest of Citadel’s three credit groups, and it was the only one that was not profitable.

He resigned amid disagreements over how to manage the group, which like all of Citadel’s credit groups invested in highly leveraged companies, the source said. The group that Russell ran will now be folded into the two other credit groups that concentrate on convertible and structured debt.

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