Stephanie Braming Appointed Global Head of William Blair Investment Management

Monday, October 16, 2017

Stephanie BramingWilliam Blair, a global investment banking and asset management firm, announced today that Stephanie Braming, CFA will lead the William Blair Investment Management (WBIM) business. She will join the firm's executive committee and will be based in Chicago. As global head of Investment Management, Ms. Braming will be responsible for the strategic direction of the business.

Ms. Braming was most recently a portfolio manager for the William Blair International Small Cap Growth and William Blair International Growth strategies. In this role, she had responsibility for nearly $20 billion of client assets.

"Stephanie brings deep knowledge and strong understanding of our business as well as a real commitment and passion for our clients.  She has been a member of Investment Management’s extended leadership team, and is well suited to manage our nearly $74 billion asset management franchise. We are very excited to have her in this role to drive our strategy for the future," said John Ettelson, President and CEO of William Blair.

"My focus is on results driven strategies in order to generate strong client outcomes," said Stephanie Braming. "We take our role as stewards of client capital seriously, and I look forward to building upon William Blair's investment-centric culture of collaboration, innovation, and growth."

Stephanie joined William Blair in 2004 as an International and Global equity product specialist, and has been instrumental in portfolio construction, portfolio design and has had a leadership role in the enhancement of the firm's systematic research tools. She has also led the design and launch of several strategies including those focused on China A-Share and Japan. Prior to joining the firm, she was a principal at Mercer Investment Consulting, and before that, at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. Ms. Braming is a member of the CFA Institute and the CFA Society of Chicago, where she served on the Society's board of directors.

Within the asset management industry, William Blair continues to gain prominence with a global footprint of $73.9 billion as of September 30, 2017. WBIM has grown five-fold over the past decade and is a four-time recipient of the "Best Places to Work in Money Management" recognition by Pensions & Investments¹.

About William Blair

William Blair is a global investment banking and asset management firm. We are committed to building enduring relationships with our clients and providing expertise and solutions to meet their evolving needs. An independent and employee-owned firm, William Blair is based in Chicago, and together with its strategic partners, operates in more than 20 offices worldwide. For more information, please visit

1. William Blair ranked fourth among investment management firms with 100 to 499 employees in 2016. The program, which is based on employee surveys and an employer questionnaire, is dedicated to recognizing the best employers in the U.S. money management industry.

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