AllianceBernstein Hires Decker as Vice President

AllianceBernstein Investment Research and Management has hired Raymond Decker to serve as vice president of retirement marketing and product management, reporting directly to Joseph Healy, senior vice president of retirement products.

Decker will be responsible for expanding the firm's presence in the institutional defined contribution markets by leading AllianceBernstein's defined contribution marketing and product development.

"This is an exciting time at AllianceBernstein as we continue to expand our defined contribution services for the institutional market," Healy said. "Ray is an ideal choice to further advance our marketing and product development in the defined contribution market. He joins us with an impressive record of achievements in retirement plan marketing, and will be a key asset in enhancing our presence in this marketplace."

Prior to joining AllianceBernstein, Decker worked for Morgan Stanley, where he began as a director for small business retirement solutions. He was then promoted to first vice president and 401(k) manager, with responsibilities that encompassed all facets of product management, including initial product design and ongoing development, investment management services, sales and participant educational materials.

Decker has also worked at U.S. Trust, Merrill Lynch and Buck Consultants.

Federated Recruits Miller As Co-Portfolio Manager

Federated Investors has hired Carol R. Miller as senior vice president and senior portfolio manager on the $3.2 billion Federated Capital Appreciation Fund. Her responsibilities will include portfolio management and research in the domestic core equity area. She will co-manage the fund alongside David Gilmore.

"Both Carol and Dave will work to identify companies with strong growth potential and attractive valuation characteristics to construct a portfolio that pursues the fund's objective of capital appreciation," said Stephen F. Auth, executive vice president and chief investment officer of the firm's global equity investment management division.

"By adding additional resources and talent to our investment research area, which consists of 67 equity investment professionals, we continue to create collaborative portfolio teams and add value at each step of the investment process."

Miller previously held senior level positions at Banc One Investment Advisors, the Central Trust and Bank One Corp., where she was responsible for the portfolio management of large-cap investment portfolios.

Wick to Head Projects at Vista360 Consultancy

Vista360, a consultancy that specializes in assisting investment management firms with complying with Securities and Exchange Commission compliance regulations, has hired Connie Wick as a managing consultant. She will be head of compliance projects for Vista360's investment advisor and mutual fund clients.

"Connie brings direct expertise in developing and managing advisor and mutual fund compliance programs. Our clients will directly benefit from her hands-on experience addressing complex compliance issues, overseeing the annual review process, developing and implementing compliance policies and monitoring programs," said founding Principal Jeff Squires.

Prior to her joining Vista360, Wick was a chief compliance officer at Heartland Advisors and the Heartland Family of Mutual Funds. There, she enhanced the firm's compliance functions.

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