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Benjamin G. Gruder
Managing Director, Chief Administrative Officer
Benjamin G. Gruder is Managing Director and Chief Administrative Officer of WL Ross & Co. Mr. Gruder has ultimate responsibility for the administrative functions of the Firm and driving the execution of the Firm’s operational objectives. Mr. Gruder is also heavily involved in the product development function at the Firm where he takes a lead role in the structuring of the Firm’s product offerings.
Prior to joining the group, Mr. Gruder was Assistant General Counsel to Invesco Advisers, Inc. where he led and was responsible for providing overall legal support to the alternative asset groups, including WL Ross & Co. He began his career in 1999 as a corporate associate at the law firm of Rosenman & Colin LLP (now Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP), specializing in private capital transactions, mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, U.S. securities laws and investment management.
He received a J.D. from Brooklyn Law School in 1999, magna cum laude, and is a member of the New York State Bar and received a B.S. from the University of Maryland.
Chief Administrative Officer
Principal, Managing Director
Marquette Chester is Principal, Managing Director for the Investor Relations and Product Development group at WL Ross & Co. LLC. As Managing Director, Mr. Chester is responsible for coordinating global investor relations and in conjunction with the global sales team, distribution for the entire private equity platform, to include Direct Private Capital and Fund of Funds. In his role, he leads the Investor Relations and Product Management areas and is part of the strategic planning and direction of the firm. Mr. Chester is a senior liaison to many of the firm’s largest private equity investors.
Mr. Chester joined Invesco in 2000. Prior to his current role he served as Managing Director in Institutional Sales & Service for eleven years. As a Managing Director, he was responsible for relationship and new business generation for institutional investors in public funds. Mr. Chester has more than 25 years of experience in the investment management industry.
Mr. Chester graduated from Duke University in 1983 with a B.A. in Economics. He currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Securities Professionals (NASP) Foundation.
Principal, Managing Director
Senior Director, Client Portfolio Manager
Harriet Habert is a Senior Director and Client Portfolio Manager at Invesco Private Capital and WL Ross & Co. As Senior Director, Habert is responsible for product development and fostering strategic client solutions.
Ms. Habert joined Invesco in April 2017. Prior to joining Invesco, Harriet spent three years as Managing Director, Director of Marketing at Hollis Park Partners, a credit and structured product hedge fund, where she was responsible for developing branding strategy and building the firm’s institutional investor base. Prior thereto, Ms. Habert worked in sales and trading of structured credit products in the capital markets since 2006, including at UBS Securities and KGS Alpha Capital Markets. Harriet began her career as a structured finance lawyer, and spent five years in the NYC office of Skadden Arps.
Harriet holds a J.D. from Cornell Law School, and a B.A. from Binghamton University, where she graduated with honors. Harriet is also a Member of the Board of Directors for the Ackerman Institute for the Family. Harriet is a member of The New York State Bar, and holds a Series 7 and a Series 3 designation.
Rowland D. Hunt
Assistant Vice President
Rowland D. Hunt is Assistant Vice President of Investor Relations for WL Ross & Co. LLC. In this role, he manages client servicing for all fund investors.
Mr. Hunt joined WL Ross & Co. in 2010. From 2006 to 2008, he was an Associate in Investor Relations & Marketing at The Carlyle Group in New York, where he oversaw marketing and investor relations for a $900 million specialty investment fund.
Mr. Hunt earned his B.A. in International Studies from American University in Washington, DC.
Michael J. Fitzpatrick
Michael J. Fitzpatrick is an Associate for the WL Ross & Co. investment management team and the investor relations and marketing team. In this role, he is responsible for performing comprehensive market research and analysis, as well as planning and executing direct marketing and new business activities.
Mr. Fitzpatrick joined WL Ross in 2014. From 2013 to 2014, he was an Associate on the investment solutions team for Invesco Fixed Income, where he assisted in the client portfolio management of all fixed income investment products. Mr. Fitzpatrick has been in the industry since 2013.
Mr. Fitzpatrick earned his B.A. in Political Science with a concentration in Finance from Syracuse University.
Michelle A. Seager
Michelle A. Seager is an Associate for the WL Ross & Co. investor relations and marketing team. In this role, she is responsible for performing comprehensive market research and analysis, as well as planning and executing direct marketing and new business activities.
Ms. Seager joined WL Ross in 2015. Prior to joining WL Ross, Ms. Seager was a Senior Associate in the management consulting practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).
Ms. Seager earned her B.A. in Organizational Studies and Political Science from University of Michigan.
WL Ross & Co. LLC
1166 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10036
WL Ross & Co. LLC is an investment adviser and is an indirect, wholly owned subsidiary of Invesco Ltd.