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Michael Kiernan, CFA

Managing Director, Director of Research
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Michael Kiernan serves as Managing Director and Wolfe Research’s Director of Research. As our firm continues to grow, he will add more depth to our experienced management team. His primary focus will be to continue to maintain the highest levels of research excellence and add more best-in-class analysts to grow our research offering. Much of his time will be spent identifying, evaluating and recruiting talent at all levels to support our research team. Another key function will be serving as a mentor for our rising stars and developing talent within our research department.


His career started on the buyside as a portfolio manager which gives him an advantage in understanding how our clients think and a greater appreciation of their needs. He has over 10 years on the sell side where he served in a leadership role on teams that have all achieved success: 1) Bear Stearns was ranked #1 in research according to Greenwich Associates in his last year 2) Bear Stearns rose to the # 2 overall ranking in the Institutional Investor Research Ranking Survey, which is up from # 8 when he joined the firm 4 years prior, and 3) Lazard Capital Markets doubled their market share with clients and revenue during his 3-year period there.


Some of that success can be attributed to an intense focus on idea generation, backed up by objective fundamental analysis and proprietary research. At Bear Stearns he served as Product Manager and key member of the Analyst Oversight Committee where he helped to shape the research product. At Lazard Capital Markets, he served as Deputy Director of Research and helped build a research department that was insightful, timely and relevant. An accomplishment that he finds most gratifying is the development of the research associates at both firms that have grown to become leading analysts on the sell side and important clients on the buyside.


Key success factors have been his relentless focus on clients, instilling a culture of collaboration, developing people and process with the aim to producing differentiated ideas that are backed up by in depth fundamental research. He enjoys working with smart, driven people with a winning attitude and will be looking for talent with these attributes to join our team.


Michael has a BA in Economics from Rutgers College, an MBA in Finance from The Fordham Graduate School of Business and is a CFA Charterholder.


Currently, he serves as Vice President and Program Chair on the CFA Society of Stamford’s Board of Directors and resides in Connecticut with his wife and two children.