Benjamin S. Thompson
President and Chief Executive Officer
Ben leads the U.S. Division of Fiera Capital as President and Chief Executive Officer and sits on the Board of Directors of Fiera Capital Inc. and Fiera U.S. Holdings. In addition to his U.S. Division responsibilities, Ben is a member of the Global Executive Management Committee and the Strategic Development Committee.
Prior to joining Fiera Capital through the acquisition of Samson Capital Advisors, Ben was a co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Samson. In addition to heading its Management Committee as Chief Executive Officer, he was a portfolio manager and a member of the Investment Committee. Samson was a privately-owned investment management firm that was founded in 2004 by senior investment professionals from OFFITBANK, Goldman Sachs, and JPMorgan.
Before the founding of Samson, Ben was a Managing Director and Head of Tax Aware fixed Income Investments within JP Morgan Fleming’s U.S. Fixed Income Group. With JP Morgan from 1999 to 2004, he was the investment strategist for the tax aware fixed income sector and responsible for $36 billion in managed bond strategies for US taxpaying investors, including mutual funds, institutional accounts and over $12 billion in private client separate accounts. Ben was a member of both the Global Fixed Income management team and the US Macro investment team.
Prior to joining JP Morgan, Ben was a Vice President and the senior municipal portfolio manager with Goldman Sachs Asset Management from 1992 to 1999. He began his career in Chase Manhattan Bank’s Structured Finance Group from 1990 to 1992.
Ben completed a four year term on the Board of Directors of the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board in 2014 and currently serves as a member of the MSRB’s Investor Advisory Group. The MSRB was established by Congress in 1975 to protect investors and the public interest by promoting a fair and efficient municipal securities market. Ben has appeared on Wall Street Week, and has been a contributor on CNBC’s Strategy Session and related programs, as well as a regular commenter on industry and market subjects in the financial press.
Ben received a B.A. in economics from Colorado College.