Russ Ayan is an investment professional experienced in asset allocation, portfolio construction, derivatives, and investment risk management. He serves as the Director of Adviser Solutions. In this role, Russ is responsible for management and oversight of investment solutions for the RIA channel, including our direct indexing platform, as well as other oversight roles within Vident. Prior to joining Vident, he held several roles during a 17 year tenure at Wellington Management Company. Serving in the Asset Allocation Strategies Group for 14 years, Russ was actively engaged in portfolio management, portfolio construction, performance and risk analytics, pre and post trade compliance, and spearheaded the use of derivatives in the launch of a variety of multi-asset class products which helped propel the group AUM to $25 billion; he then became the group’s first risk manager, providing analysis, feedback, guidance and oversight to the portfolio management teams. Before joining Wellington, he had roles at Putnam Investments and Brown Brothers Harriman. Russ earned his MBA from MIT’s Sloan School of Management and his undergraduate degree from Boston College. He holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation and the Global Association of Risk Professionals Financial Risk Manager (FRM) designation. He previously volunteered as the Chair of the Audit Committee of Grace Chapel in Lexington, MA and currently serves as a member of the Finance Committee. He previously served two terms on the board of trustees of the Waldorf School of Lexington.