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Merrillyn J. Kosier

Merrillyn J. Kosier

Executive Vice President
Chief Marketing Officer, Mutual Funds
Merrillyn is responsible for all aspects of the firm’s mutual fund business, from strategic planning, marketing, advertising, customer retention, and shareholder servicing to Ariel’s online presence. As chief marketing officer for the mutual funds, she spearheads the creation and execution of integrated marketing and advertising campaigns designed to generate mutual fund sales and promote Ariel’s patient investment philosophy. She is also in charge of all media and public relations for the firm. Merrillyn serves on the board of trustees for Ariel Investment Trust and is president of Ariel Distributors, LLC. Prior to joining Ariel in 1999, she served as a senior executive at the Acorn family of funds and Kemper Financial Services. Merrillyn is the former chairman of the Mutual Fund Education Alliance and currently serves on the Investment Company Institute’s Research Committee and Small Funds Committee. Furthermore, she is a board member of the Harris Theater for Music and Dance and the Lupus Foundation of America, Inc. Merrillyn earned a BBA in marketing from Andrews University and an MBA from Loyola University Chicago, where she serves on the council of regents, as well as the investment policy committee.
Merrillyn J. Kosier

Khoa X. Ho

Vice President, Investor Services
Khoa manages the firm’s investor services team—a group of licensed professionals dedicated to providing mutual fund shareholders with exceptional customer service—both at Ariel and our transfer agent, U.S. Bancorp. Additionally, he is an Ariel spokesperson for financial literacy, frequently speaking in the community about “Investing 101” to educate the public on the fundamentals of mutual fund investing. Prior to joining the firm in 2001, Khoa worked at Goldman Sachs as an account analyst and in the marketing department at The University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business. He is a board member of Heartland Health Outreach, a non-profit organization providing affordable, high-quality health care for low-income, homeless, immigrant, and refugee populations throughout the Chicago region. He earned a BA in biology from the University of Chicago.
 
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