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Join Young Professionals of the Americas (YPA) for a cafecito with Heather Brilliant, managing director of the Americas and acting chief operating officer at First State Investments, as well as chair of CFA Institute. Learn about Brilliant’s career path, the investment outlook for 2019, and get professional development advice.
This event part of YPA's Cafecito Series, which brings prominent leaders from a wide range of fields together with YPA members in a small, intimate setting.
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About the speaker:
Heather Brilliant is a CFA chair as well as managing director of the Americas and acting Chief Operating Officer at First State Investments. Brilliant is responsible for managing the business in the Americas and further expanding First State Investment’s market presence across the region. As acting COO, she also provides strategic leadership and oversight to the firm’s global operations, technology, and project management teams. She is a member of the firm’s Global Executive Committee.
Brilliant has worked in the industry for over 20 years. Prior to joining First State Investments in 2017, she spent 14 years at Morningstar most recently as chief executive officer of Morningstar Australasia. In this role, Brilliant devised and drove various initiatives based on functional and local market priorities, including the development and implementation of a 10-year strategy to accelerate business growth. Preceding this, she led the equity and corporate credit research teams at Morningstar, consisting of more than 100 analysts based in offices around the world.
Previously, Brilliant spent several years as an equity research analyst for Coghill Capital Management and Driehaus Capital Management. She has covered a variety of sectors, including pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, business services, and retail. She started her finance career at Bank of America as a corporate finance analyst covering the auto industry.
Brilliant holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Northwestern University and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. She also holds the Chartered Financial Analyst® designation and is chairman of the CFA Institute Board of Governors and past chair of the CFA Society of Chicago.