John W. Rogers, Jr.
Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
John’s passion for investing started when he was 12 years old when his father bought him stocks every birthday and every Christmas instead of toys. His interest grew while majoring in economics at Princeton University. After graduation, he worked as a stockbroker for 2½ years at William Blair & Company, LLC—a regional investment banking firm. In 1983, John founded Ariel Investments to focus on undervalued small and medium-sized companies. Patience served as the cornerstone of a disciplined approach that still drives the firm today. Beyond Ariel, John is a regular financial contributor to Forbes Magazine and currently serves as a board member of Exelon Corporation and McDonald’s Corporation. Additionally, he is a trustee of both the Nathan Cummings Foundation and the University of Chicago, where he chairs the board of the University of Chicago Laboratory School. John is also a director of the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights. In 2008, he was awarded Princeton University’s highest honor, the Woodrow Wilson Award, presented each year to the alumnus whose career embodies a commitment to national service. Following the election of President Barack Obama, John served as co-chair for the Presidential Inaugural Committee 2009. From 2010 to 2013, he was Chair of the President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability. Today, he chairs the President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability for Young Americans. In 2013, he was featured alongside legendary investors Warren Buffett, Sir John Templeton and Benjamin Graham in the distinguished book: The World’s 99 Greatest Investors by Magnus Angenfelt. John received an AB in economics from Princeton University where he was also captain of the varsity basketball team.
Charles K. Bobrinskoy
Vice Chairman, Head of Investment Group
Charlie oversees Ariel’s domestic investment team. He also manages our focused value strategy—an all-cap, concentrated portfolio of U.S. stocks. Prior to joining Ariel in 2004, Charlie spent 21 years as an investment banker at Salomon Brothers and its successor company Citigroup, where he rose to managing director and head of North American investment banking branch offices. Charlie actively serves the Chicago community, sitting on the corporate board of InnerWorkings, Inc., a publicly traded print procurement company, as well as the boards of the Museum of Science and Industry, La Rabida Children’s Foundation and the Big Shoulders Fund. He also teaches monthly investing classes at two Chicago inner-city schools. Charlie graduated with an AB in economics from Duke University and earned an MBA from the University of Chicago.
Chair of the Board of Trustees
Ariel Investment Trust
Mellody is responsible for firm-wide management and strategic planning, overseeing all operations outside of research and portfolio management. Additionally, she serves as chairman of the board of trustees for Ariel Investment Trust. Beyond her work at Ariel, Mellody has become a nationally recognized voice on financial literacy and investor education. She is a regular contributor and analyst on finance, the markets and economic trends for CBS News. She also contributes weekly money tips on the Tom Joyner Morning Show and pens a column for Black Enterprise magazine. As a passionate advocate for investor education, she is a spokesperson for the Ariel/Hewitt Study: 401(k) Plans in Living Color and the Ariel Black Investor Survey, both of which examine investing patterns among minorities. Mellody is chairman of the board for DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc., as well as director of The Estée Lauder Companies Inc. and Starbucks Corporation. Her community outreach includes serving as chairman of After School Matters, a non-profit that provides Chicago teens with high-quality, out-of-school time programs. She is a board member of the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, The Chicago Public Education Fund, and Sundance Institute, where she has been appointed emeritus trustee. She is also on the executive committee of the Investment Company Institute’s board of governors. Mellody earned her AB from Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of International Relations and Public Policy. She has also received honorary doctorate degrees in humanities from both Howard University and St. Mary’s College.
Tobias J. Moskowitz
Fama Family Chaired Professor of Finance
The University of Chicago Booth School of Business
Toby is the Fama Family Chaired Professor of Finance at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, where he has taught since 1998. Professor Moskowitz also serves as a research associate for the National Bureau of Economic Research and is a current associate editor of the Journal of Finance as well as a former editor of the Review of Financial Studies. He is known nationally for his research on financial markets and investments, including behavioral finance. In 2007, Professor Moskowitz was recognized by the American Finance Association with its Fischer Black Prize, which is awarded biennially to the top finance scholar in the world under the age of 40. In 2011, he wrote the best-selling book "Scorecasting," (Crown Archetype, Random House) co-authored with L. Jon Wertheim of Sports Illustrated, which uses economic principles to explain the hidden side of sports. Professor Moskowitz earned a bachelor's degree in industrial management and industrial engineering (with distinction) in 1993 from Purdue University, a master's degree in management from Purdue in 1994, and a Ph.D. in finance from UCLA in 1998.
Henry B. Pearsall
From 1969 to 1994, Hank worked for Sanford Corporation in a variety of capacities, including president, chairman and chief executive officer. Prior to his career at Sanford, Hank was president of Ovaltine Products in the Philippines; former counsel for The Wander Company in Chicago and an attorney at the firm of Hopkins and Sutter. He serves as a director and chairman emeritus of the board of Oak Park River Forest Bankshares, a one-bank holding company; principal and director of Pearsall et Pere, a real estate development company in Chicago; and a trustee of The Morton Arboretum. Hank earned a BA degree from Amherst College and a JD degree from the University of Michigan Law School.
Robert I. Solomon
Software Platform Consulting, Inc.
Bob is the CEO of Software Platform Consulting, Inc. (SPCI), a company specializing in helping software companies build cloud-based, multi-sided platforms. Prior to joining SPCI, Bob served in a variety of senior leadership roles developing and executing integrated sales and marketing strategies for Ariba, Inc., Boston Consulting Group, The NutraSweet Company and Silliker Laboratories Group, Inc. Bob graduated from Princeton University with an AB in economics. He received his MBA from Stanford University Graduate School of Business where he was an Arjay Miller Scholar.
David J. Vitale
Urban Partnership Bank
David is the chairman of Urban Partnership Bank. Prior to joining Urban Partnership Bank, he served as the chief administrative officer, senior advisor to the CEO of the Chicago Public Schools. He currently serves as the president of the Chicago Board of Education. Previously, he was president and chief executive officer of the Chicago Board of Trade and a former vice chairman and director of Bank One Corporation. David also serves in the following capacities: trustee of the Glenwood School for Boys; trustee of the Museum of Science and Industry; trustee and vice chairman of the board of The Art Institute of Chicago; and member of the board of managers of the YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago. He is a graduate of Harvard University and earned an MBA from The University of Chicago.
Paula serves as senior executive at Metropolis Strategies, a civic organization implementing policy initiatives and programs for regional action. Formerly, she served as president of Governors State University and director of policy for Governor James R. Thompson. She has taught public policy at Governors State University and Irving B. Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago. Paula has a BA from Smith College, as well as an MA and a PhD from the University of Chicago in political science. She serves on various boards including the Illinois Tollway (chair), the City Colleges of Chicago (chair), the University of Chicago Medical Center, the University of Chicago, the Johnson Foundation, the Metropolitan Planning Council and the Joyce Foundation.