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The Rockefeller University appoints Amy Falls as CIO and VP for investments of $.18bn endowment fund

Thursday, January 20, 2011
Opalesque Industry Update - The Rockefeller University announced today that it has appointed Amy Falls as chief investment officer and vice president for investments effective April 4, 2011. Falls will oversee the University’s Office of Investments and manage the institution’s endowment, which has an estimated value of $1.8 billion.

“Amy’s experience managing investments in the private sector coupled with her successful management of a nonprofit endowment will be crucial to continuing the scientific development of this institution,” said Paul Nurse, president of The Rockefeller University.

Falls is currently the chief investment officer for Phillips Academy (better known as Andover), which has endowment assets of nearly $800 million. As Phillips Academy’s inaugural CIO, Falls helped lead the effort to establish the Andover Investment Office – the first of its kind for a traditional independent secondary school. Since establishing that office in 2005, the endowment has generated top quartile results in each of the past four years (2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010). In 2010, Falls was chosen as a Rising Star of Foundations and Endowments by the publishers of Institutional Investor and praised for her ability “to find smaller managers that others miss.” Last year Falls and her team were nominated for Middle Market Endowment Manager of the Year.

“I am deeply honored to be joining The Rockefeller University team,” said Falls. “The vitally important advances in human health made possible by the ground-breaking research conducted here are truly thrilling. I am very excited to have the chance to contribute, even in a small way, to this powerful mission.”

Prior to Falls’ tenure as chief investment officer at Phillips Academy, Falls was a managing director and the global fixed income strategist for Morgan Stanley where she was a member of the Fixed Income Management Committee and the firm’s Global Asset Allocation Committee. At Morgan Stanley, Falls was responsible for assessing investment trends across interest rate, foreign exchange and commodities markets globally. Prior to that position, Falls ran Morgan Stanley’s Emerging Markets Research group where she was an Institutional Investor-ranked analyst and was the global high yield strategist. During this time Falls helped the firm and its clients navigate through two substantial emerging market crises in 1994 and 1998.

Falls holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Georgetown University and a master’s degree in public policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Falls is vice president of the board and chair of the investment committee of the Brearley School and chairs the investment committee for the Diller Quaile School of Music, both in New York City.

Falls has taught and continues to teach on topics in international investing and risk assessment, most recently at the Athena Center for Leadership Studies at Barnard College.

(press release)

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