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Wilshire Associates Announces Promotion of Two Key Executives to Managing Director

Wilshire promotes top talent, announcing Kris Kelleher and Rob Noe as Managing Directors 

Wilshire Associates (“Wilshire”), a leading global, independent investment consulting and services firm, today announced the appointment of two company executives, Kristofer Kelleher and Robert Noe, to the position of managing director. Kelleher will serve as managing director with Wilshire Consulting and Noe will serve as managing director with Wilshire Funds Management.

“Both Kris and Rob have made outstanding contributions to the firm and we are pleased to recognize their hard work, expertise, and ongoing commitment to meeting the needs of Wilshire’s clients,” said John C. Hindman, president of Wilshire Associates. “In their new roles, Kris and Rob will be well-positioned to support Wilshire’s continued efforts to grow and provide high-quality investment advisory and management solutions to a wide variety of global clients across the retail and institutional spaces.”

Kris Kelleher is responsible for marketing strategy and business development for Wilshire Consulting, supporting the firm’s existing and prospective client base of large institutional asset owners. Tasked with oversight of the sales and marketing teams, Kris is spearheading efforts to significantly expand the Wilshire OCIO Solutions practice, which has experienced substantial growth in recent years. Wilshire OCIO Solutions is a stated priority for the firm, and in his new role he will continue to broaden Wilshire’s client offering in this space. Kris joined Wilshire in 2012 and brings 20 years of business development experience in the financial services industry.

Rob Noe oversees Wilshire’s Manager Research Group and leads the overall team responsible for the due diligence, rating, and recommendation of investment managers supporting both Wilshire Funds Management and Wilshire Consulting. In his role, he upholds Wilshire’s commitment to offering clients extensive, in-depth manager research services that utilize institutional asset allocation and risk management best practices. Rob joined Wilshire in 2011 and brings more than 19 years of industry experience to the firm and its broad client base of institutions, intermediaries, and individual investors.

Wilshire Associates, a leading global, independent investment consulting and services firm, provides consulting services, analytics solutions and customized investment products to plan sponsors, investment managers and financial intermediaries. Its business units include Wilshire Analytics, Wilshire Consulting, Wilshire Funds Management and Wilshire Private Markets.

The firm was founded in 1972, providing revolutionary technology and acting as an early innovator in the application of investment analytics and research to investment managers in the institutional marketplace. Wilshire also is credited with helping to develop the field of quantitative investment analysis that uses mathematical tools to analyze market risks. All other business units evolved from Wilshire’s strong analytics foundation. Wilshire developed the Wilshire 5000 Total Market Index℠ and became an early innovator in creating integrated asset/liability analysis/simulation models as well as practical models in risk budgeting through beta and active risk analysis. Wilshire has approximately 300 employees serving the needs of investors around the world.

Based in Santa Monica, California, Wilshire provides services to clients in more than 20 countries representing more than 500 organizations with assets totaling approximately US $7 trillion.* With ten offices worldwide, Wilshire Associates and its affiliates are dedicated to providing clients with the highest quality counsel, products and services. Wilshire® is a registered service mark of Wilshire Associates Incorporated. Wilshire 5000 Total Market Index℠ is a service mark of Wilshire Associates Incorporated. 

Wilshire Consulting, the institutional investment advisory and outsourced-CIO (OCIO) business unit of Wilshire Associates, has provided custom investment consulting solutions to fund sponsors for 35 years. Through its investment consulting services to public and corporate clients, Wilshire Consulting assists in ensuring secure and safe retirements for approximately 49 million Americans including those participating in some of the nation’s largest public and corporate retirement plans. Combined with its endowment, foundation and major insurance company clients, it consults on combined total assets of nearly $1 trillion.

Wilshire consultants advise public and corporate clients on asset allocation, risk management, investment policy development, asset class structuring, investment manager evaluation and monitoring, and actuarial services. Wilshire OCIO Solutions offers clients a holistic option that includes full discretionary services or implemented services where plans outsource their back office. 

Wilshire Funds Management, the global investment management business unit of Wilshire Associates, offers consulting services and customized investment solutions for financial intermediaries serving a wide variety of retail distribution channels. Wilshire Funds Management leverages the risk management, analytics and institutional consulting expertise and infrastructure of Wilshire Associates to provide a range of offerings, including investment advisory services, retirement services and hedge fund managed account services, to some of the largest banks, broker/dealers, asset managers, insurance companies and retirement plan providers. As of September 30, 2016, Wilshire Funds Management advises on over $157 billion. 

*Client assets are as represented by Pensions and Investments (P&I), detailed in P&I’s “Largest Retirement Funds” and P&I’s “Largest Money Managers (U.S. institutional tax-exempt assets)” as of 9/30/15 and 12/31/15, and published 2/8/16 and 5/30/16, respectively).