ICI Selects Olson as Senior Counsel of Int'l Affairs

Susan M. Olson has been named senior counsel of international affairs at the Investment Company Institute. She replaces Robert C. Grohowski, who became senior counsel of securities regulation a few months ago.

Olson will serve as ICI's lead counsel on a broad range of global issues facing mutual funds. She is set to represent the institute and the industry before the World Trade Organization, the International Organization of Securities Commissioners and foreign regulators and legislators. Additionally, she will lead ICI's efforts to help U.S. mutual funds comply with anti-money laundering regulations.

Olson, a 10-year veteran at the Securities and Exchange Commission, most recently served as senior counsel in the international branch of the SEC's office of the chief counsel. She worked on resolving issues arising under the Investment Company Act and the Investment Advisers Act and provided guidance for trade negotiations.

Prior to the SEC, Olson worked for the Washington office of McGuireWoods.

Dimensional Names Martin Chief Financial Officer

Dimensional Fund Advisors has named David R. Martin chief financial officer. He was previously with Janus as executive vice president and chief financial officer. Before that, he held a number of senior management positions at Charles Schwab, including senior vice president and treasurer and SVP of planning and analysis. Earlier in his career, he was executive vice president and chief financial officer for First Interstate Bank of Texas.

"David's 20 years of experience in financial management of other large money management firms will be a valuable asset to us," said David Booth, co-founder, chairman and chief executive officer of Dimensional Fund Advisors. "His experience across multiple channels, including international markets, will be especially beneficial as our firm continues to grow."

Meltzer to Chair Finance Practice for DLA Piper

Roger Meltzer has joined DLA Piper as chairman of its corporate and finance practice and as a member of its executive committee.

Previously, Meltzer spent his entire legal career at Cahill Gordon & Reindel, most recently as a partner in the corporate practice group and as a member of the executive committee.

"DLA Piper offered a rare opportunity to play an integral role in the growth and development of their worldwide corporate and finance practice," Meltzer said. "I believe in DLA Piper's vision and think the firm's leadership has the right strategy."

Sierra Becomes Executive Vice President at Sentinel

Clara Sierra has been named executive vice president and director of dealer relations at Sentinel Financial Services, in charge of directing and managing the firm's national accounts strategy. The company is the distributor for the Sentinel Funds.

With more than 16 years of experience in the financial services industry, Sierra most recently was senior vice president and director of investment advisory services and marketing at AIG Advisor Group. She began her career at Alliance Capital Management and was promoted to vice president and national account manager.

"We are delighted to have Clara join the Sentinel team," said Christian Thwaites, president and chief executive officer of Sentinel Asset Management. "She will be joining the company at a time of significant growth and change. Her experience as a driving and successful executive in the asset management business will be a great asset for Sentinel."

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