In total, TIAA-CREF Asset Management consists of more than 300 investment professionals, including over 100 portfolio managers with an average of 17 years of investment experience and 10 years with TIAA-CREF. Take a closer look at the people behind the performance.
B.A., Union College; J.D., Fordham University School of Law
Robert Leary is President of TIAA-CREF Asset Management in the Office of the CEO at TIAA-CREF and a member of the firm’s Executive Management Team.
Joining TIAA-CREF in 2013, Mr. Leary is responsible for all aspects of TIAA-CREF’s Asset Management business, including its strategy across investments, distribution and operations. He leads a management team that continues to build on Asset Management’s strong investment performance, history of innovation and client focus across all channels of distribution.
Mr. Leary began his career as a lawyer for White & Case in New York, but then moved into the financial services arena with J.P. Morgan & Co., where he led the development of fixed-income derivative applications and investment strategies for pension plans and other investment managers. In the course of more than 20 years in the industry, he helped build AIG Financial Products’ investment business and led all of its client-facing businesses from marketing to distribution globally, and later was CEO at ING Investment Management Americas and ING Insurance U.S. At ING U.S. he was responsible for the investment management, retirement, insurance and annuity businesses, as well as operations, IT, and marketing in the U.S.
Mr. Leary serves on the board of AmeriCares, a nonprofit, global health and disaster-relief organization. He has participated as a speaker and/or panelist in numerous industry panels and conferences and has frequently appeared in major financial media. He earned his bachelor’s degree in political science at Union College and his law degree from Fordham University School of Law.