Morgan Stanley Smith Barney gained two advisors, Robert Tholl and Jerry Pearson, from rival JPMorgan Private Wealth Management, and - at a time when branch manager discontent is growing - lost Kevin Whitehead, former complex manager of three offices in the St. Louis market, to Wells Fargo Advisors.

Depending on who you ask, the executive changes are either business as usual, or another indication of the Morgan Stanley [MS] culture overtaking Smith Barney.

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