Board of Directors
Mr. Salerno has served as our non-executive Chair of the Board since October 2019. He previously served as our Lead Independent Director from 2008 to October 2019. Mr. Salerno was Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer of Merrill Lynch Investment Advisors—Americas Institutional Division, an investment advisory company, from July 1999 until his retirement in February 2004. Before joining Merrill Lynch, Mr. Salerno spent 18 years with Bankers Trust Company in various positions. In 1990, he assumed responsibility for Bankers Trust's domestic index management business and in 1995 he became Chief Investment Officer for its Structured Investment Management Group. Mr. Salerno received a B.S. in Economics from Syracuse University and an M.B.A. in Finance from New York University. Mr. Salerno served as a director and member of the audit committee and conflicts committee of K-Sea Transportation Partners, L.P., formerly a NYSE-listed company, from 2004 until its acquisition in 2011.
Mr. Bossone has been the Chief Financial Officer of Atlantic-Pacific Capital, Inc., a broker-dealer and global placement agent dedicated to raising capital for alternative investment funds, since 2003. From 2001 to 2003, Mr. Bossone was the Assistant Controller at SAC Capital Advisors, LLC, a hedge fund advisory firm, and from 1999 until 2001, Mr. Bossone served as an equity trader at Schonfeld Securities, LLC, a securities trading firm. Mr. Bossone began his career at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP in 1993 where he was an audit manager until 1999. Mr. Bossone received his B.S. in Business and Economics with highest honors from Lehigh University and is a Certified Public Accountant.
Smita Conjeevaram retired in 2013 after a 19-year career in the global investment and hedge fund firm industry. Her most recent position was as the Chief Financial Officer – Credit Hedge Funds and Deputy Chief Financial Officer – Credit Funds for Fortress Investment Group LLC, a global investment firm, where she served from 2010 to 2013. Prior to that, Ms. Conjeevaram served as the Chief Financial Officer of Everquest Financial LLC, a specialty finance company, from 2006 to 2009, and Strategic Value Partners LLC, a leading global investment firm, from 2004 to 2005. Ms. Conjeevaram began her career as a tax specialist at two Big-4 public accounting firms and is a Certified Public Accountant. In January 2021, Ms. Conjeevaram joined the board of directors of McGrath RentCorp (NASDAQ: MGRC), a diversified business-to-business rental company, and SkyWest, Inc. (NASDAQ: SKYW), an aircraft leasing company. She also has served as a director of SS&C Technologies Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: SSNC), an investment and financial management software and service provider for the global financial services industry, since November 2015, and is a member of the audit committee. Ms. Conjeevaram received her B.S. in Accounting and Business Administration from Butler University and a B.A. in Economics from Ethiraj College, Madras, India.
Bruce Lavine has served as President, Asset Management of AlphaTrAI, Inc., a venture-backed, asset management firm that delivers alpha through transformative artificial intelligence, since March 2021, and has been a Senior Strategy Advisor to Astoria Portfolio Advisors, an asset management firm that implements sophisticated institutional portfolio management strategies with ETFs for a variety of different client types, since October 2017. He served as the Chief Operating Officer of DeVoe & Company, an investment bank and consulting firm focused on the wealth management industry, from October 2019 through August 2020. From January 2016 to May 2017, he was the Chief Executive Officer of 55 Capital, a similarly focused ETF centric firm. From August 2012 to February 2016, he served as our Vice Chair (non-executive), and from May 2006 until August 2012 as our President and Chief Operating Officer. Prior to joining WisdomTree, he was employed by Barclays Global Investors, an asset management firm, in the following positions: Director, Financial Planning, Global Finance (1998 to1999); Chief Financial Officer, Director of New Product Development, U.S. iShares and Individual Investor Business (1999 to 2003); and Head of iShares Exchange Traded Funds, Europe (2003 to 2006). From 1995 to 1998, Mr. Lavine served as the Manager of Business Planning at Sequel, Inc., a computer hardware services company. From 1991 to 1994, Mr. Lavine was employed by Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, a pharmaceutical company, first as a financial associate and then as a senior treasury analyst. Mr. Lavine received a B.S. with distinction in Commerce and an M.B.A. in Finance from the University of Virginia. Mr. Lavine is a Chartered Financial Analyst.
Mr. Neuger is an independent investor and consultant. From July 2014 until June 2015, he served as Chairman of EcoAlpha Asset Management LLC, a private investment management company focused on investing in companies providing solutions to the global problems of burdened resources. From March 2012 until January 2013, Mr. Neuger served as Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of PineBridge Investments, an independent asset manager offering investment opportunities in emerging and developed markets, and from March 2010 to March 2012, he served as its Chief Executive Officer and Chair of the Executive Committee. From January 2009 to March 2010, Mr. Neuger served as Executive Vice President of American International Group ("AIG"), an international insurance organization serving commercial, institutional and individual customers, as well as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of AIG Investments, AIG's asset management company. Prior to January 2009, in addition to these positions, Mr. Neuger served as Chief Investment Officer of AIG. Prior to AIG, Mr. Neuger served as both Managing Director, Fixed Income and, subsequently, as Managing Director, Global Equities at Bankers Trust Company. Before Bankers Trust, Mr. Neuger was Chief Investment Officer at Western Asset Management. Mr. Neuger also served as Head of Fixed Income at Northwestern National Bank. Mr. Neuger previously served on our Board of Directors from January 2007 to December 2009. He currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Neuger Communications Group, a private strategic marketing communications and public relations firm. Mr. Neuger received his A.B. from Dartmouth College and an M.B.A. from the Amos Tuck Graduate School of Business.
Jonathan “Jono” Steinberg founded our Company and has served as Chief Executive Officer since 1998 and from August 2012 to September 2019 as President. He has been a member of the Board of Directors since October 1988, serving as Chair of the Board of Directors from October 1988 to November 2004. He also served as Editor-in-Chief of Individual Investor and Ticker, two magazines formerly published by our Company. Mr. Steinberg was responsible for the creation and development of our proprietary index methodology. Prior to founding WisdomTree, Mr. Steinberg was employed as an analyst in the Mergers and Acquisitions Department of Bear, Stearns & Co. Inc., an investment banking firm, from 1986 to 1988. Mr. Steinberg is the author of Midas Investing, published by Times Books, a division of Random House, Inc. In connection with our strategic investment in December 2019 in Securrency, Inc., a technology company focused on blockchain-based financial services infrastructure, Mr. Steinberg joined Securrency’s board of directors. He attended The Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.