Corporate Bios

James E. Stowers, Jr.

James E. Stowers, Jr.

1924-2014


Founder of American Century Investments®

James E. Stowers, Jr., who passed away on March 17, 2014 at the age of 90, was founder of American Century Investments. Relying on $100,000 in seed money from 24 investors, Mr. Stowers founded the company in 1958. Initially offering only two mutual funds, today American Century is a global asset management firm serving financial intermediaries, individual and institutional investors from offices in Kansas City, New York, Mountain View, Calif., London and Hong Kong.

Early in his investment management career, Mr. Stowers embraced the investment philosophy that "money follows earnings," meaning over time, investors in the equity markets would gravitate to the best companies, primarily those experiencing earnings growth. He further refined this approach by focusing on companies whose earnings and revenues were growing at an accelerating pace.

In the early 1970s, Mr. Stowers was among the first professional money managers to recognize the benefits of using computers in stock selection. He wrote his own proprietary computer program to help streamline his stock analysis process to identify companies with attractive growth characteristics.

As his company became successful, Mr. Stowers shared his investing insights and tips for financial self-sufficiency in the well-received book: Yes, You Can…Achieve Financial Independence. This book, and others inspired the creation of the Yes, You Can financial education program, which was designed to help parents and educators influence the behaviors of children and young adults so they could establish a path toward financial independence.

In 1987, Mr. Stowers was diagnosed and treated for prostate cancer. Six years later, his wife, Virginia, was successfully treated for breast cancer. Motivated by their experience with the disease, Mr. and Mrs. Stowers founded the Stowers Institute for Medical Research in 1994. The Institute is a basic biomedical research organization focused on improving our understanding of fundamental biological processes and using this knowledge to guide the development of innovative approaches to treat, diagnose and prevent disease. In an unparalleled act of generosity, the Stowerses created a $2 billion endowment for the Institute comprised of cash gifts and a more than 40 percent equity ownership stake in American Century Investments.

A graduate of the University of Missouri, Mr. Stowers also served in the Army Air Corps as a fighter pilot. He later enlisted in the Air Force Reserves, rising to the level of captain before resigning his commission to pursue his long and successful business career. Mr. Stowers is survived by his wife, Virginia, and three adult children.

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Jonathan Thomas

Jonathan Thomas


President
Chief Executive Officer



Jonathan Thomas is president and chief executive officer (CEO) of American Century Investments®, a premier investment management firm headquartered in Kansas City, Mo. Mr. Thomas has management responsibility for all aspects of American Century Investments and reports to the Board of Directors.

Mr. Thomas joined American Century Investments in 2005 as chief financial officer (CFO) and executive vice president (EVP), and was appointed to the company's Board of Directors. As CFO/EVP, his core responsibilities included overseeing the firm's financial, retail sales and administrative functions. He was appointed president and CEO in March 2007.

Prior to joining American Century Investments, Mr. Thomas was global chief operating officer and managing director of the investment management division at Morgan Stanley in New York City. There, he held global responsibility for operations, client services, product strategy and development, performance attribution and research, business continuity and planning, and training. He began his career in the investment management industry in 1985, and has held a variety of senior leadership roles at Fidelity Investments, Boston Financial Services and Bank of America.

Mr. Thomas graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst with a bachelor's of arts degree in economics and earned a master's degree in business administration from Boston College. Mr. Thomas serves on the Investment Company Institute’s Board of Governors and Bio Med Valley Discoveries’ Board of Directors.

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Patrick Bannigan

Patrick Bannigan


Executive Vice President
Chief Financial Officer



Patrick Bannigan is executive vice president and chief financial officer for American Century Investments®, a premier investment manager headquartered in Kansas City, Mo.

Mr. Bannigan, who joined the company in 2012, is responsible for Finance, Investment Operations, Client Operations, Facilities & Real Estate and Information Technology. He also serves on the American Century Investments management committee, the firm's senior leadership team responsible for establishing and executing strategic priorities.

Prior to joining the company, Mr. Bannigan was with RiverSource (now Columbia Management and part of Ameriprise Financial), where he served as president of RiverSource Funds and senior vice president and general manager of RiverSource Investments. In that role, he was responsible for managing the overall business, including the operational aspects of the investment management division. Previously, Mr. Bannigan was managing director and global head of product for Morgan Stanley Investment Management (MSIM), where he oversaw the management and development of MSIM's retail and institutional product lines.

Earlier in his career, he served as president of Touchstone Investments, a third-party wholesale distributed and subadvised mutual fund provider. He also had experience with Evergreen Investments as director of strategic planning, mergers and acquisitions and product development.

Mr. Bannigan holds a bachelor's degree from Guilford College (Greensboro, N.C.) and a juris doctorate from the Oklahoma City University School of Law. He also serves as a director on the board of the nonprofit organization: the "National Endowment for Financial Education" (NEFE).

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Victor Zhang

Victor Zhang


Co-Chief Investment Officer
Senior Vice President



Victor Zhang is co-chief investment officer and a senior vice president for American Century Investments®, an independent, privately controlled, pure-play asset management firm founded in 1958.

As co-CIO, Mr. Zhang jointly leads the investment management function, sharing responsibility for the firm's investment culture, performance processes, resource allocation and talent development. Together, the co-CIOs manage approximately 150 investment professionals based in Kansas City; Mountain View, Calif., New York City and London. He also oversees the equity discipline teams who have day-to-day responsibility for the Global & Non-U.S. Equity, U.S. Growth Equity (Large Cap and Mid & Small Cap), U.S. Value Equity and Disciplined Equity & Asset Allocation capabilities.

Mr. Zhang joined American Century Investments from Wilshire Funds Management in 2014. During his eight years at Wilshire, Mr. Zhang served in a variety of roles, most recently president and CIO. In his role as president, Mr. Zhang was responsible for the business unit's overall strategic direction and investment platform, while as CIO, he led investment activities, including manager searches and portfolio management. He also was in charge of investigating new markets and the research and evaluation of new products for the firm.

Previously, Mr. Zhang served as director of investments and held other senior investment positions with multi-family office firm Harris myCFO Investment Advisory Services, a subsidiary of Bank of Montreal. Earlier in his career, Mr. Zhang was a consultant with Ernst & Young, LLP. He earned a bachelor's degree in business economics from the University of California, Los Angeles.

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G. David MacEwen

G. David MacEwen


Co-Chief Investment Officer
Senior Vice President and Senior Portfolio Manager



G. David MacEwen is co-chief investment officer for American Century Investments®, a role he shares with Victor Zhang, who joined the company in 2014. As co-CIO, Mr. MacEwen jointly leads the investment management function, sharing responsibility for the firm's investment culture, performance processes, resource allocation and talent development. Together, the co-CIOs manage approximately 150 investment professionals based in Kansas City; Mountain View, Calif.; New York and London.

In 2001, Mr. MacEwen was named CIO, Fixed Income, a role he maintains in addition to his co-CIO responsibilities. As CIO, Fixed Income, Mr. MacEwen leads the company's global fixed income operation, which includes U.S. and Non-U.S. capabilities in the areas of Government Bonds, Corporate Debt, Municipal Bonds and Money Market funds. He also is chair of the firm's Global Macro Strategy Team and the Asset Allocation Committee.

Mr. MacEwen joined American Century Investments in 1991 and has worked in the financial industry since 1982. Prior to joining the company, he was vice president of portfolio management for Provident Institutional Asset Management Corporation (currently BlackRock Advisors, LLC). Previously, he was a trust investment officer for Bank of Delaware (currently PNC Wealth Management).

Mr. MacEwen holds a bachelor's degree in economics from Boston University and a master's degree in business administration with a concentration in finance from the University of Delaware. He is a member of the CFA Institute and the Security Analysts of San Francisco. He also serves on the Board of Trustees for Blair Academy in New Jersey.

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Gregory Woodhams, CFA

Gregory Woodhams, CFA


Chief Investment Officer, U.S. Growth Equity - Large Cap
Senior Vice President and Senior Portfolio Manager



Gregory Woodhams is a chief investment officer, senior vice president and senior portfolio manager for American Century Investments®, a premier investment manager headquartered in Kansas City, Mo.

Mr. Woodhams has worked in the financial industry since 1981 and joined American Century Investments in 1997. He serves as a member of the Investment Oversight Committee, Products & Markets Committee and the Investment Management Senior Leadership Team. Previously, he was vice president and director of equity research at Texas Commerce Bank.

Mr. Woodhams holds a bachelor's degree in economics from Rice University and a master's degree in economics from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. He is a CFA charterholder.

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David Hollond

David Hollond


Chief Investment Officer, U.S. Growth Equity - Mid & Small Cap
Senior Vice President and Senior Portfolio Manager



David Hollond is a chief investment officer, senior vice president and senior portfolio manager for American Century Investments®, a premier investment manager headquartered in Kansas City, Mo.

Mr. Hollond is responsible for portfolio management for the firm's U.S. Growth Equity mid and small cap strategies. He also serves as a member of the Investment Oversight Committee, Products & Markets Committee and the Investment Management Senior Leadership Team.

Mr. Hollond joined American Century Investments in 1998. Prior to that, he was a research associate for the Federal Reserve Bank in Minneapolis. He has worked in the financial industry since 1992.

Mr. Hollond earned a bachelor's of arts degree in Russian and economics from Grinnell College, a master's of science degree in economics from the University of Wisconsin, a master's of arts degree in international studies from the University of Pennsylvania and a master's degree in business administration in finance from The Wharton School-University of Pennsylvania.

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Phillip N. Davidson, CFA

Phillip N. Davidson, CFA


Chief Investment Officer, U.S. Value Equity
Senior Vice President and Senior Portfolio Manager



Phillip N. Davidson is a chief investment officer, senior vice president and senior portfolio manager for American Century investments®, a premier investment management firm, headquartered in Kansas City, Mo.

Mr. Davidson, who joined the company in 1993, oversees the teams that manage the company's value equity portfolios. He is a member of the Investment Oversight Committee, Products & Markets Committee and the Investment Management Senior Leadership Team.

Prior to joining American Century Investments, Mr. Davidson was vice president and equity portfolio manager for Boatmen's Trust Company in St. Louis. During his 11 years at Boatmen's, he specialized in the management of institutional equity accounts using a value-oriented investment style. He has worked in the financial industry since 1980.

Mr. Davidson holds a bachelor's degree in business administration and a master's degree in finance from Illinois State University. He is a CFA charterholder and a member of the CFA Institute.

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Scott Wittman, CFA, CAIA

Scott Wittman, CFA, CAIA


Chief Investment Officer, Asset Allocation & Disciplined Equity
Senior Vice President and Senior Portfolio Manager



Scott Wittman is a chief investment officer, disciplined equity and asset allocation, and senior vice president and senior portfolio manager for American Century Investments®, a premier investment manager headquartered in Kansas City, Mo.

Mr. Wittman, who joined the firm in 2009 and has worked in the financial industry since 1982, oversees the portfolio management teams responsible for the company's disciplined equity and asset allocation portfolios. He serves as a member of the Investment Oversight Committee, Products & Markets Committee and the Investment Management Senior Leadership Team.

Prior to joining American Century Investments, Mr. Wittman was managing director, Quantitative and Alternative Investments for Munder Capital Management. He also served as president and CIO for Vantage Investment Advisors. Other investment experience includes roles with TSA Capital Management and Mellon Bank.

Mr. Wittman holds a bachelor's degree in finance and an M.B.A. in finance from Indiana University. He is a CFA charterholder and a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst.

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Mark S. Kopinski

Mark S. Kopinski


Co-Chief Investment Officer, Global and Non-U.S. Equity
Senior Vice President and Senior Portfolio Manager



Mark S. Kopinski is a chief investment officer, senior vice president and senior portfolio manager for American Century Investments®, a premier investment management firm, headquartered in Kansas City, Mo. He is based in the company's New York office.

Mr. Kopinski, who worked for American Century Investments from 1991 through 1995 and then rejoined the company in 1997, oversees the teams that manage the company's Global and Non-U.S. Equity portfolios. Additionally, he is a member of the Investment Oversight Committee, Products & Markets Committee and the Investment Management Senior Leadership Team.

Mr. Kopinski has worked in the financial industry since 1983. He left the company in 1995 to join Federated Investors in Pittsburgh, where he was portfolio manager of the firm's Asia Pacific fund. Prior to joining the company in 1991, he was a senior analyst for Salomon Brothers in their Tokyo office. Previous to that, he was a Sanyo securities analyst, also in Tokyo.

Mr. Kopinski holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from Monmouth College and a master's degree in Asian studies and Japan from the University of Illinois. He is fluent in Japanese.

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Keith Creveling, CPA


Co-Chief Investment Officer, Global and Non-U.S. Equity
Senior Vice President and Senior Portfolio Manager



Keith Creveling is a vice president and senior portfolio manager for American Century Investments®, a premier investment manager headquartered in Kansas City, Mo. He is based in the company's New York office.

Mr. Creveling joined American Century Investments in 1999 and has worked in the financial services industry since 1990.

Previously, he was an analyst at Brown Brothers Harriman and later Fiduciary Trust Company International.

Mr. Creveling received a bachelor's of science degree in accounting from Drexel University and a master's degree in business administration in finance from The Stern School of Business - New York University. He is a CFA charterholder.

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