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, distribution arrangements, shareholder servicing and Ariel’s digital 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 vice chairman of the Mutual Fund Education Alliance and currently serves on the Investment Company Institute’s Public Communications, Research and Small Funds Committees. Furthermore, she is a board member of the Harris Theater for Music and Dance where she serves on the Finance and Investment Committee. Merrillyn earned a BBA in marketing from Andrews University and an MBA from Loyola University Chicago, where for over a decade, she was on the Council of Regents.