Mr. Simons joined the Company in December 2018 and is President of Private Banking, Wealth & Trust. With over 30 years of experience in the financial services sector, he has demonstrated expertise and leadership in virtually every aspect of financial services, including asset management, wealth management, financial technology, private banking, investment banking, family office and client relationship management.
From May 2017 to November 2018, Mr. Simons was a Managing Director of Seaport Global Holdings, an institutional securities firm, where he developed and launched Seaport Global Asset Management, a business to diversify the firm’s revenue streams and deliver bespoke managed investment solutions to wealthy families and related entities. Prior to joining Seaport, from December 2014 to October 2016, he served as provisional CEO for a start-up financial information and technology company. In this role, he led the delivery of a launch-ready comprehensive digital investment, capital markets origination, and advanced data and analytics platform for investors, advisors, financial institutions.
From 2006 to 2011, Mr. Simons held a range of positions with increasing responsibility at Credit Suisse, beginning with Managing Director, Head of Americas Client Solution Group, before becoming Managing Director, Co-Head of Private Banking USA, and ending with his promotion to Managing Director, Head of Americas Wealth Management Solutions, a position in which he was responsible for the management and development of onshore investment product and service platforms across North and South America. During his tenure at Credit Suisse, Mr. Simons also was an active member of the firm’s Global Executive Committee and Managing Director Evaluation Committee.
From 1988 to 2006, Mr. Simons held various positions at Merrill Lynch, including Managing Director, Global Markets and Investment Banking. He serves on the board of Intonation Music Workshop, a non-profit music education initiative directed towards underserved youth in the Chicago area, and as a trustee of Millbrook School, a private coeducational boarding school in Millbrook NY. Mr. Simons serves on the board of directors of Dalton, Greiner, Hartman, Maher & Co., LLC, an affiliate of the Company.