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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, including 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 as chair of 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.
Martin C. Gawne

Martin C. Gawne

Vice President, External Communications
Martin is responsible for managing public and media relations for Ariel’s domestic and global investment teams and executive leadership. In this capacity, he creates awareness for Ariel’s deep investment expertise and capabilities. As a member of the mutual fund marketing team, he also supports internal and external marketing communications and brand initiatives. He joined Ariel with more than three decades of experience in the asset management industry. His prior experience includes senior positions with Adams Street Partners, Aviva Investors Americas, and William Blair & Company, where he was the first Marketing Director for the William Blair Funds. Martin started his career as a financial reporter for Knight-Ridder Financial News and is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a BS in Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences.
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