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Mediobanca Private Markets Funds - 2021 Investor Day

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Michelle R. Seitz, CFA

Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Russell Investments

Michelle R. Seitz is chairman and chief executive officer of Russell Investments. She is a recognized industry leader with more than 30 years of experience in asset management— experience that has spanned everything from portfolio management to the C-suite.

Prior to joining Russell Investments in September 2017, Michelle spent 22 years with William Blair, a global investment firm with more than 1,400 employees and offices in 10 cities across four continents. She served for 16 of those years on the firm’s seven-person executive committee and as chief executive of William Blair Investment Management (WBIM), which had more than $70 billion in assets under management (AUM) under her leadership.

Michelle drove the transformation and five-fold growth of WBIM, evolving it from a regional high net worth franchise to the internationally recognized, global asset management firm that it is today. Notably, she led the more nascent institutional portion of the business to 28-fold growth—from $2.3 billion in AUM to $65 billion in AUM—all while cultivating a culture of client-centric excellence, integrity and employee engagement.

Prior to assuming leadership of William Blair Investment Management in 2001, Seitz led the firm’s private wealth management businesses. Her previous experience also includes senior portfolio management roles with WBIM, Concord Investment Company and NationsBank.

Seitz was named one of the ‘Top Women in Asset Management’ in 2016 by Money Management Executive and was recently awarded the Kelley School Alumni Association Academy Fellows Award, which honors the most accomplished leaders from the Indiana University Kelley School of Business. An active industry participant, she is a long-standing board member of the U.S. Institute, an association of asset management CEOs, and involved in The European Institute. She has held several leadership roles with the Financial Accounting Foundation (FAF), which is responsible for the oversight, administration and finances of the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) and Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB). These include a recent five-year term on the FAF board of trustees, as well as roles on the executive committee and as chair of its finance and compensation committee.

B.A., Accounting, Indiana University Bloomington
CFA Charterholder, CFA Institute
Licensed Registered Representative, FINRA Series 7, 9, 10, 24 and 63 (Russell Investments Implementation Services, LLC., member FINRA)

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H. Vic Leverett 

Managing Director, Alternative Investments

Victor Leverett is the managing director of alternative investments for Russell Investments. Vic manages Russell Investments hedge fund, real estate, commodities and private equity teams to ensure the investment integrity of research and portfolio solutions. In addition, he oversees and coordinates the product strategy of alternative investments globally. Vic is a member of Investment Division Leadership team.

Prior to taking on the managing director position, Vic was the director of business development, responsible for the growth and development of the alternative investment business.  In that role Vic led a team responsible for developing strategy with respect to product as well as new market opportunities in alternative investments. Vic has been involved in Russell Investments alternative investment business since 1996. 

Vic has also worked closely with large institutional funds on various aspects of their investment programs, including investment policy, asset allocation, operations and performance analysis since 1988.

Vic is a Director of Russell Investments Capital, LLC., which is currently a registered Investment Adviser. In addition, Vic holds a number of directorships on offshore Russell Investments entities.

B.A., Accounting, Washington State University

Licensed Registered Representative, FINRA Series 7, 63 and 65 (Russell Investments Financial Services, LLC, member FINRA)

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Brett Deits

Portfolio Manager, Private Markets, Alternative Strategies

Brett is a Portfolio Manager on Russell’s private markets platform and oversees Russell Investments’ private markets multi-manager funds and separate accounts across buyouts, venture, distressed, credit, real estate, and natural resources. He is a voting member of the Russell Investments Alternatives Subcommittee and serves on numerous Limited Partner Advisory Committees for fund managers in the United States and Europe.  Prior to becoming a Portfolio Manager, Brett led Russell Investments’ private markets research across private equity, credit, natural resources and multi-manager products.  Brett joined Russell Investments in 2010.

Prior to joining Russell Investments, Brett was a vice president in the Seattle office of BlackRock Alternative Advisors, where he was part of Quellos Private Capital Markets prior to its acquisition by BlackRock. He was responsible for sourcing, evaluating and monitoring fund investments and coinvestments across the private markets' spectrum.  

Prior to joining Quellos Private Capital Markets, Brett worked in a variety of different capacities for Quellos’ ultra-high net worth wealth management and advisory business.

B.A. Accounting, University of Washington

M.B.A., Cornell University

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Brian Gildea

Head of Investments at Hamilton Lane

Brian is Head of Investments at Hamilton Lane, where he is a member of the Investment Committee and Operating Committee and is responsible for oversight and management of all of the firm’s investment activities. 

Brian has more than 20 years of private equity investment experience. Prior to joining Hamilton Lane in 2009, Brian was a General Partner at Bear Stearns Merchant Banking. Previously, he was a General Partner at Freeman Spogli & Co. Brian began his career as a Financial Analyst in the Mergers & Acquisitions Group at Salomon Brothers Inc.

B.S. in Business Administration, Georgetown University.

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Bilal Khan

Sr. Managing Director Private Equity - New York - at Blackstone

Bilal Khan is a Senior Managing Director in the Private Equity Group. Since joining Blackstone in 2009, Mr. Khan has been involved in the execution of several Blackstone investments, including various Sithe Global investments, Fisterra Energy, PQ Energy, Transmission Developers, American Petroleum Tankers, Lightstone Generation, Lonestar Generation and Onyx Renewables.

Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Khan was an Associate at GTCR Golder Rauner, where he was involved with the analysis and execution of private equity investments in a wide range of industries. Prior to that, Mr. Khan worked in the Mergers and Acquisitions department at Lazard Frères focused on Power & Utilities clients.

Mr. Khan received a BS in Applied Economics from Cornell University, where he graduated magna cum laude. He also received an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and an MA in International Studies from the University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Khan serves as a Director of Fisterra Energy, Lightstone Generation, LonestarGeneration and TDI-New England.

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Ashton Newhall

Managing General Partner at Greenspring Associates

Ashton Newhall is a Partner at StepStone Group (NASDAQ: STEP) and a member of the private equity team, focusing on venture capital and growth equity investments. Prior to joining StepStone, Mr. Newhall co-founded Greenspring Associates, a venture capital and growth equity investment firm that merged with StepStone in 2021. Prior to co-founding Greenspring Associates, Mr. Newhall started his career at T. Rowe Price Associates, where he marketed the firm’s investment management services to institutions and high-net-worth investors, including the general partners of venture capital funds and entrepreneurs.

Graduated from Elon University.

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Hans Swildens

CEO and Founder at Industry Ventures

Hans is the CEO and Founder of Industry Ventures and manages the overall business.  As an early pioneer of the modern secondary market for venture capital, Hans created new ways to get liquidity for venture capital investments prior to an IPO or M&A event.  Additionally, he was early to support the development of a new class of venture capital partnerships focused on seed and early stage investing during the last decade.   He directs the firm’s investment processes, operations and limited partner relationships.

Earlier in his career, Hans was a successful entrepreneur who co-founded and acted as President of Microline Software. Microline was acquired by Blaze Software (IPO) and was subsequently acquired by Fair Isaac. He also helped start Speedera Networks (acquired by Akamai) and provided board advisory services to Discovery Mining (acquired by Interwoven), nCircle Network Security (acquired by Tripwire), and StepUp Commerce (acquired by Intuit). Hans also helped create and finance Lowercase Capital.

He and his wife actively support the UCSB Technology Management Program and are members of the Lancaster Society.  They also support the Eugene Lang Center for Entrepreneurship at Columbia University and the Headlands Center for the Arts in Marin, CA.

MBA from Columbia Business School

BA with distinction from the University of California at Santa Barbara.

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