We Talk Careers: Episode 47 – Head of ETFs

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We are diving into Wall Street careers, specifically in the exciting space of Exchange-Traded Funds. Today, we are starting at the top. What is it to be the Head of ETFs? How do you oversee all the aspects of your firm’s fund business and what does it take to get there and be successful? We have Greg Friedman and Leah Wald with us today.

Leah Wald is the CEO at Valkyrie Investments, bridging the gap between traditional finance and the rapidly evolving digital asset industry. Leah is a contributing writer for Forbes and co-authored the book Hyperwave Theory: The Rogue Waves of Financial Markets. Leah has a BA in International Political Economy and a MSc in Management specialized in International Business from IE Business School. Leah lives in Nashville, TN where she enjoys horse racing, beekeeping, and hiking. 

Greg Friedman is head of ETF Management and Strategy at Fidelity Investments. In this role, Greg is responsible for the development and execution of a firm-wide comprehensive ETF strategy, including product development, management, and positioning.  Prior to joining Fidelity, Greg was chief operation officer and head of Global ETF Product at Russell Investments. Greg earned his bachelor of arts degree from the University of California at Davis. He loves spending time with his family, golfing, skiing and will always be a Parrot Head. 

Kristine Delano guides the conversation into the importance of rigorous decision-making, team dynamics, and time spent on industry news. 

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