FFCM Advisory Board.
C. Beth Cotner
Beth has served as a Board Member at Business Intelligence Advisors, a private behavioral finance company since 2002. She is a member of the audit committee and served as interim CEO in 2006. In 2007 she served on the audit and compensation committee at Checkfree Corporation. Beth was a Managing Director and Chief Investment Officer of Large Cap Growth at Putnam Investments from 1995-2002, managing in excess of $40bn in assets. During her tenure at Putnam she also served as Associate Director of Research. Prior to that, Beth was Executive Vice President and Director of US Equity Mutual Funds at Kemper Financial Services. Previously she was a Portfolio Manager at Sears Investment Management in Chicago. Beth has been an active Board member with responsibilities as Treasurer, Chair of Corporate Development and Endowment Fund Manager, on numerous Not- For-Profit Boards, inclusive of the Sarasota Institute of Lifetime Learning, The Lyric Stage theatre in Boston, and the Boston Coalition for the Homeless. Beth has over 30 years if investing experience.
Beth earned her MBA in International Business and Finance from George Washington University. She received her BA in International Studies from Ohio State University; here she graduated with honors in three years.
Kenneth A. Froot
Kenneth A. Froot is André R. Jakurski Professor of Business Administration at Harvard University's Graduate School of Business Administration. He teaches courses in Capital Markets, International Finance, and Risk Management. From 1995-2000 he served as Director of Research of HBS and from 1993-1999 he held the Industrial Bank of Japan Professorship in Finance. From 1991-1993 he held the Thomas Henry Carroll-Ford Foundation Visitor's Chair at Harvard, while on leave from MIT's Sloan School of Management. At MIT, he held the Ford International Development Chair. He has taught executive education programs at MIT, Harvard, Princeton, Dartmouth, and for many corporations and institutions in addition to his regular teaching of MBAs and Ph.D.s.
Professor Froot received his B.A. from Stanford University and his Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley. He spent the 1988-1989 academic year as an Olin Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research, where he is Research Associate and Chair of the NBER's Insurance Group. His research on a wide range of topics in finance, risk management, and international markets has been published in many journals and books. He is Editor of the Journal of International Financial Management and Accounting, Associate Editor of the Journal of International Economics, and of The Financing of Catastrophe Risk, Foreign Direct Investment, and The Transition in Eastern Europe, Vols. 1 and 2. He is a member of the American Finance Association, the American Economics Association, and the Behavioral Finance Working Group, and served as a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Professor Froot is a founding partner of FDO Partners, LLC and State Street Associates, firms producing investment and knowledge resources for global investors. Froot has also been a consultant to many companies, countries, and official institutions, including the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, and the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve. He has worked with a number of financial intermediaries and other financial corporations on international financial, risk management and investment management issues. He serves on boards and policy review committees of several corporations and financial institutions. He has also acted as a Financial Adviser to the Prime Minister of the Republic of Slovenia and to the Finance Minister of Poland, and served on the staff of the US President's Council of Economic Advisers and the Economic Advisory Board of the Export-Import Bank of the US.
T. Eric Kilcollin is a co-founder of Sanborn Kilcollin Partners, a hedge fund manager started in 2001. At Sanborn Kilcollin Partners, Mr. Kilcollin serves as Portfolio Risk Manager and also handles all operations and business issues. Mr. Kilcollin has extensive experience in portfolio management, risk management, investment operations, product development, business development and general business management. He was President and Chief Executive Officer of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) from 1996 to 1999. While at the CME, Mr. Kilcollin was instrumental in the development of over 100 new financial products, as well as the development of what is now the worldwide standard methodology for financial clearinghouses to evaluate and manage portfolio risk. He was also instrumental in many innovations in trading, including the first global electronic trading system (GLOBEX). From 1994 to 1996 Mr. Kilcollin served as Chief Executive Officer of The Investments Group and a member of the Executive Committee of Wells Fargo Nikko Investment Advisors (now Barclays Global Investors), a registered investment adviser with over $200 billion under management at that time. From 1981 to 1994, Mr. Kilcollin was the Chief Economist and then the Chief Operating Officer for the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. He started his career as an economist at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System in Washington, DC. Mr. Kilcollin holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Chicago (1980) where he also received an MA in Economics (1975). He holds a BA in Economics from Georgetown University (1971).