Leadership Team

 
The professionals who lead First Eagle Investment Management are committed to nurturing the firm’s investment-centric culture and long-term global perspective.

Mehdi Mahmud

President and Chief Executive Officer, First Eagle Investment Management

Mehdi is president and chief executive officer of First Eagle Investment Management and president of First Eagle Funds. He oversees all aspects of First Eagle’s business and works in close collaboration with the key portfolio managers. Mehdi came to First Eagle in March 2016 from Jennison Associates, where he was CEO and chairman of the board. Prior to his CEO role, he held several senior management positions at Jennison relating to product and business strategy, investment supervision of the firm’s value, small-cap, opportunistic and income-equity capabilities, and oversight of key support areas including institutional, retail and sub-advisory client activities.

Previously, Mehdi served in a variety of investment and management roles at J.P. Morgan Investment Management and Credit Suisse Asset Management. Mehdi received a BS in electrical engineering from Yale University.

Kimball Brooker Jr.

Deputy Head of Global Value Team and Portfolio Manager

Kimball is deputy head of the Global Value team and a portfolio manager for the Global Value, International Value and US Value strategies. In addition, he was named portfolio manager of the Global Income Builder strategy in 2016. Kimball joined First Eagle in January 2009 as a senior research analyst covering banks, financial services and holding companies. Previously, Kimball was the chief investment officer of Corsair Capital. He began his career in 1992 as a financial analyst at Lazard Frères. In 1994, he joined J.P. Morgan as an associate in the Investment Banking Department’s Corsair private equity funds. He was named chief investment officer of Corsair Capital and managing director in 2005. Kimball earned his BA from Yale University and his MBA from Harvard University.

Robert Bruno

Head of Retail Distribution

Robert is the president of FEF Distributors, LLC, head of distribution for First Eagle Funds and senior vice president of First Eagle Investment Management which he joined in 1997.

On a functional basis, he is responsible for the direction and oversight of First Eagle Funds sales & marketing. Mr. Bruno has over 25 years of experience in the asset management industry. His prior experience includes: president and chief operating officer with Coelho Associates, LLC (1996-1997), chief administrative officer of Wertheim Schroder Investment Services (1991-1996), Prudential Asset Management (1989-1991), the US Securities and Exchange Commission (1987-1989) and Goldman Sachs & Company (1985-1987). Robert received an MBA and a BS degree from Fordham University.

Rastko Cekic

Head of Marketing

Rastko serves as senior vice president and head of Marketing at First Eagle Investment Management, responsible for marketing, brand, product and media relations. Prior to joining First Eagle in April 2015, Rastko spent over 15 years with Voya (formerly ING U.S.), most recently as the head of Institutional Marketing and Marketing Operations at Voya Investment Management. Prior to that, Rastko held a variety of business unit and corporate marketing roles supporting ING’s investment management, annuities, insurance and retirement services businesses in the US, Canada and The Netherlands. He began his career at ING Group as a participant in its Global Management Program. Rastko received a BA in political science from the University of Calgary, Canada, and his MBA from the Rochester Institute of Technology.

Timothy Connolly

Head of Technology and Operations

Tim is senior vice president and head of Technology and Operations for First Eagle Investment Management, responsible for the firm’s information technology strategy and middle office operations. Prior to his current role, Tim held a variety of positions including vice president of technology and vice president of private fund accounting. Before joining the firm in 2003, he was responsible for the implementation and support of various investment accounting systems for New York Life Investment Management. Tim began his career as an accountant with New York Life Investment Management's mutual fund accounting group. He has a BSBA in accounting from Shippensburg University and an MBA from Seton Hall University.

Melanie Dow

Head of Human Resources

Melanie is senior vice president and head of Human Resources at First Eagle Investment Management. Before joining the firm in October 2010, Melanie was a director and senior human resources generalist, supporting the Equities, Research and Portfolio Management divisions at Wells Fargo. Prior to that, she served as vice president and senior human resources generalist at Bank of America, covering the Global Markets Technology division. Melanie began her HR career supporting the Investment Banking Division at Goldman Sachs. She has a BA in psychology from the University of Maine.

Robert H. Hackney, Jr.

Head of International Wholesale Distribution

Robert is senior managing director and head of International Wholesale Distribution. He joined Arnhold and S. Bleichroeder Advisers, LLC (the predecessor firm of First Eagle) in 1995 and became the portfolio manager for the firm’s Merger Arbitrage Department at the beginning of the following year. In 2004 he left active portfolio management to concentrate on corporate projects, primarily related to the firm’s recapitalization in 2007. Since 2008 he has worked extensively with the firm’s non-US based clients, both representing the firm’s investment strategies and expanding the opportunities for non-US based investors to invest with the firm. He is currently responsible for all the firm’s international third-party distribution, as well as for the firm’s relationship with investors in the First Eagle Amundi International and Income Builder Funds. He is frequently asked to explain the firm’s philosophy and portfolios to audiences throughout the world.

Prior to joining First Eagle, Robert was a research analyst and portfolio manager for several investment firms, including Kellner, DiLeo & Company, Coniston Partners, and S.B. Lewis & Co. He began his career at Loeb Rhoades, Hornblower & Company in 1979 as an investment banker specializing in mergers and acquisitions. He earned a BA, an MBA and a JD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was a Morehead Scholar. Robert has been active as a trustee or investment committee member for endowments and foundations and is currently a member of the investment committee of the Hunter College Foundation. He chaired the finance committee for the Institute for the Arts and Humanities at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for over two decades and has been a trustee and investment committee member for Barton College. He is also a member of the Council of The University Club of New York and past chairman of the Committee on Admissions of The University Club.

Matthew McLennan, CFA

Head of Global Value Team and Portfolio Manager

Matt is head of the Global Value team and a portfolio manager of the Global Value, International Value, US Value and Gold strategies. He joined First Eagle in September 2008 to lead the Global Value team. Previously, Matt worked for Goldman Sachs Asset Management (GSAM) in London, where he served as co-portfolio manager of Global Equity Partners, a group he co-founded in 2003 that ran a focused global equity portfolio for offshore private wealth clients. Earlier in his career, Matt was equity chief investment officer of the Investment Strategy Group for Goldman Sachs’ private client business. He joined Goldman Sachs in Sydney in 1994. Matt started his career in 1991 in Brisbane, Australia, with the Queensland Investment Corporation and was ultimately responsible for the firm’s international equity exposure. He was born in Rabaul, Papua New Guinea, and grew up in Queensland, Australia. He received his bachelor of commerce with first-class honors and master of international commercial law from the University of Queensland. Matt holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.

Matt is interested in the field of education and serves as president of the Trinity School Board of Trustees, co-chair of the Board of Dean’s Advisors of the Harvard School of Public Health, and a board member of the University of Queensland in the United States of America. He is also a trustee of the Board of Directors for the Library of America.

Edward Meigs, CFA

Co-Head of High Yield Team and Portfolio Manager

Ed is co-head of the High Yield team and portfolio manager of the First Eagle High Yield and Global Income Builder strategies. He joined First Eagle Investment Management in October 2011. Prior to joining the firm, Ed was a portfolio manager of the Dwight High Yield strategy at Dwight Asset Management Company LLC from 2001-2011. Previously, he spent four years at Mount Washington Investment Group as a High Yield portfolio manager. Prior to that, he served as vice president at Falcon Asset Management. Ed began his career at Wheat First as a credit analyst.

Ed received his B.A. from Occidental College and his MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University. He holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.

P. Douglas Meyer, CFA

Head of Institutional Distribution

Doug serves as senior vice president and head of Institutional Distribution at First Eagle Investment Management, responsible for setting and executing institutional strategy. He manages the firm’s relationships with global investment consultants and with institutional investors based in the UK, Ireland, the Middle East, and Asia ex-Japan.

Prior to joining First Eagle in January 2008, Doug was a managing director at Goldman Sachs Asset Management, serving as head of Product Management for GSAM’s Global Equity business, which included Global, International, Europe, UK, Asia ex-Japan, Emerging Markets, and China A-Share equity investment strategies. Doug joined GSAM in 2000 as a member of the Consultant Relations team in New York, servicing investment consultants in the eastern United States and in Canada. Prior to GSAM, he was a partner at Lotsoff Capital Management in Chicago, where he marketed to and serviced plan sponsors and investment consultants in the United States and Canada. Doug has been a board member of The Community Fund of Bronxville, Eastchester and Tuckahoe since 2012 and recently served as President. He also heads the Investment Committee at the Reformed Church of Bronxville.

Doug earned a BA in English from Middlebury College and an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University. He holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.

Colin Morris

Head of Event Driven Team and Portfolio Manager

Colin is the head of the Event Driven team and lead portfolio manager for the US Opportunities strategy. He joined First Eagle in July 1992 as a senior vice president, becoming the portfolio manager of an event-driven arbitrage fund in January 1993. As of January 1996, Colin assumed portfolio management responsibility of the firm’s US Opportunities strategy. Prior to joining the firm, Colin worked at Mabon Securities, where he was a partner responsible for arbitrage investments from July 1988 to July 1992. Prior to that, he was a senior analyst in Mabon’s arbitrage department in 1986 and 1987. Before Mabon, Colin was an analyst at Mitchell and Associates, a boutique mergers and acquisitions investment company. He holds a BS degree in engineering from the University of Cape Town and an MBA in Finance and Economics from Columbia University.

David O'Connor

General Counsel

David is general counsel and head of Legal and Compliance at First Eagle Investment Management. Prior to joining First Eagle in January 2017, he served as executive vice president and general counsel for Delaware Investments and the Delaware Investments Family of Funds. He was also responsible for Strategic Investment Relationships & Initiatives and served as chairman of Delaware's Dublin-based UCITs fund group. David served on the firm's Board of Directors, as well as a variety of committees. Prior to joining Delaware, he was an associate in the business and finance department of the Philadelphia office of Ballard Spahr, where he focused on mergers and acquisitions, contract negotiations, and investment company work.

David is a member of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of Philadelphia Futures, a nonprofit organization providing urban high school and college students with resources necessary to obtain a college degree. He received his bachelor's degree with a double major in sociology and biblical studies from Gordon College and his JD degree with honors from Villanova University School of Law.

Lynn Perkins

Chief Financial Officer

Lynn is chief financial officer at First Eagle Investment Management. Prior to joining the firm in February 2013, Lynn was a managing director within Credit Suisse's Asset Management organization. Previously, she served as chief administrative officer at Perella Weinberg, where she helped to build the new firm alongside Joe Perella. Before Perella Weinberg, Lynn spent 20 years at Morgan Stanley, performing a variety of finance and operational roles. She started her career at Touche Ross. Lynn earned her BS in accounting from University of North Carolina-Greensboro, and she is a CPA.

Sean Slein, CFA

Co-Head of High Yield Team and Portfolio Manager

Sean is co-head of the High Yield team and portfolio manager of the First Eagle High Yield and Global Income Builder strategies. He joined First Eagle Investment Management, LLC in October 2011. Prior to joining the firm, Sean was a portfolio manager of the Dwight High Yield strategy at Dwight Asset Management Company LLC, where he focused on high yield opportunities in the forest products/packaging, transportation and services sectors. Previously, he spent two years as a fixed income analyst in the private placement department of Allstate Insurance Company. Sean began his career on the floor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange as an options strategist with Discount Corporation of New York Futures.

Sean received his B.A. from the University of Notre Dame and his MBA from the University of Chicago. He holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.

Kenneth Weissman

Head of Corporate Operations

Ken is senior vice president and head of Corporate Operations at First Eagle Investment Management. He is responsible for cross-departmental vendor initiatives, especially large strategic projects that require management of both external and internal resources. Ken has been affiliated with First Eagle and its predecessor buy- and sell-side firms for 17 years. As CIO for Natixis Bleichroeder, he led the convergence of cash and derivative equities technology, as well as the direction of a shared IT organization supporting First Eagle. Prior to 1999, Ken was involved in executive-level change-management initiatives. At Bankers Trust Alex.Brown, he was deployed in Baltimore to manage the integration of systems and the transition of application resources for equities technology. Ken's financial services advisory experience has been varied, both as CIO of G.X. Clarke & Co and as senior consultant with Deloitte & Touche. Ken received a BS in economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.