Chief Risk Officer
Mr. Farrell is the Chief Risk Officer of Garda, responsible for heading the Risk Management Group and measuring and assessing risk for the fixed income relative value and inflation strategies. Mr. Farrell joined the Fixed Income Relative Value team at Black River in 2013. Previously, Mr. Farrell worked at Scotiabank from 2010-2013 as the Market Risk Manager for the US Rates business in New York. Mr. Farrell began his career in 1998 with JP Morgan, spending 8 years in their Proprietary Positioning Business in a variety of roles. From 2002-2006, Mr. Farrell was a trader on the European Rates Relative Value desk in London. Upon returning from London, he worked at Deutsche Bank in New York during the financial crisis focused on risk and valuation in the Global Markets Finance group.
Mr. Farrell graduated from The George Washington University with a B.B.A. in Finance and International Business.
Head of Finance and Liquidity
Mr. Fisk is Garda’s Head of Finance and Liquidity, responsible for managing counterparty relationships including all financing facilities, cash management, clearing and custody infrastructure, and overall firmwide credit exposure to those counterparties.
Prior to joining Garda, Mr. Fisk served as Global Head of Hedge Fund Risk, Finance and Liquidity at Black River, having joined the firm initially as Leverage Manager in 2002. From 1999-2002, Mr. Fisk served in an electricity trading position within Cargill’s Energy Division. Mr. Fisk originally joined Cargill in 1990 as part of the team responsible for establishing the London office of the Financial Markets Group. He held a variety of positions in London including equity trading, managing the administrative function for the London office, and providing a supervisory role for the Geneva, Moscow, Warsaw, and Istanbul locations. Prior to joining Cargill, Mr. Fisk held various Treasury positions with Chase Manhattan Bank in London from 1987-1990.
Head of Investor Relations
Mr. Grover is Head of Investor Relations, responsible for the relationship management of current and prospective investors.
Prior to joining Garda in 2016, Mr. Grover was the Head of Client Relations for EverStream Capital Management from September 2013. Previous to that, Mr. Grover worked at Cargill starting in 1993 in the Financial Markets Group, where he spent ten years before eventually joining Black River Asset Management at its inception in 2003 to lead the capital raising and investor relations team. Mr. Grover graduated from Albion College with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Management and earned an MBA in Finance from the University of Michigan.
Ms. Kittiko is Garda’s Controller. In this capacity, she is responsible for managing all accounting and operations.
Prior to joining Garda, Ms. Kittiko served as Controller of Black River from 2011-2016. Immediately prior to her tenure at Black River, Ms. Kittiko worked for CarVal Investors, where she held positions including Director of Operations and Administration Manager. Ms. Kittiko also spent two years as Controller at Global Trade Resources, an emerging markets hedge fund in Minneapolis. Ms. Kittiko launched her career at Cargill with the Financial Markets Group in 1994.
Ms. Kittiko graduated from the College of St. Catherine with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting with a Spanish minor.
Chief Technology Officer
Mr. Kumar serves as Chief Technology Officer, responsible for the implementation and management of Garda’s technology infrastructure.
Prior to Garda, Mr. Kumar joined Black River in 2004 as a Senior Research Analyst on the Fixed Income Relative Value desk, before becoming an Enterprise Systems Manager, where he was responsible for the selection and implementation of the firm’s portfolio management system and proprietary data warehouse system. From 1998-2004, Mr. Kumar held various IT roles with the financial markets group at Cargill, where his experience spanned operations, accounting and risk systems.
Mr. Kumar holds a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering (Computer Science) from Bangalore University, Bangalore India and an MBA (General Management) from the University of Minnesota.
Chief HR Officer
Mr. Michaux is Garda’s Chief HR Officer, responsible for the overall administration, coordination and evaluation of the human resources function. Prior to joining Garda, Mr. Michaux joined Black River in May 2006 as an HR Generalist, where he was promoted to Sr. Generalist in 2009 and eventually became the function lead in 2015. Previously, Mr. Michaux was an HR Generalist with Dunwoody College of Technology since 2003.
Mr. Michaux graduated from St. Mary’s University, MN with a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resources Management. Mr. Michaux also holds an Associate’s Degree in Computer Networking Systems from Dunwoody College of Technology.
Director of Research
Mr. Peters is Garda’s Director of Research, responsible for overseeing the design and development of trading analytics and trading systems. Prior to joining Garda, Mr. Peters was most recently the Head of the Quantitative team at Black River Asset Management. Previously, he served as a Quantitative Analyst at Black River with a focus on supporting, enhancing and maintaining analytics for the rates team. He started his career at Black River in 2005 as an IT Analyst. Mr. Peters graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in Computer Engineering.
Head of Middle Office and Trade Support
Mr. Vereecken is Garda’s Head of Middle Office and Trade Support, responsible for leading the operational functions for Garda’s funds.
Prior to his current role, Mr. Vereecken was a Portfolio Manager at Garda primarily responsible for relative value trading in the North American markets. He became part of the Fixed Income Relative Value investment team when he joined Black River in 2003. Before Black River, Mr. Vereecken worked at Cargill, Inc., from 1998-2003 where he advised on acquisitions in Cargill’s Strategy & Business Development department, and worked as a Merchant in its Grain & Oilseeds Division. Previously, Mr. Vereecken worked at Bain & Company in Paris and Brussels.
Mr. Vereecken graduated magna cum laude from the University of Gent, Belgium with a Master’s degree in Electrotechnical Engineering with a major in Nuclear Physics. Mr. Vereecken also holds an MBA from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, where he was an Honorary Fulbright Scholar and was awarded the title of Palmer Scholar for academic excellence.
Chief Compliance Officer
Mr. Wagner is Garda’s Chief Compliance Officer, responsible for overseeing and managing compliance with all regulatory requirements as well as with internal policies and procedures.
Prior to joining Garda, Mr. Wagner served as the Chief Compliance Officer at Black River from 2008-2016 and at Deephaven Capital Management from 2005-2008. Prior to that, Mr. Wagner spent ten years at RBC Dain Rauscher in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he held various positions including Senior Vice President of Compliance, Director of Product Compliance and Director of Surveillance. He also spent nine years at U.S. Bank in various financial and corporate development roles prior to RBC Dain Rauscher.
Mr. Wagner holds a Bachelor’s degree from Gustavus Adolphus College in MN and an MBA in Finance from Arizona State University with an emphasis in Finance and Marketing.