Conning Names Bradford CEO

Conning Inc. has apppointed Woody E. Bradford as CEO of Conning. The appointment takes effect Jan. 2, 2012.

Bradford succeeds Salvatore Correnti, who will continue to serve in an advisory capacity as vice chairman and member of the board of directors of Conning.

With more than 15 years experience in the investment and asset management industry, Bradford joined Conning in early 2010 and was promoted to president and chief operating officer in September 2010. He has led a number of important initiatives for Conning, spearheading the company’s expansion into Asia earlier this year by establishing a joint venture partnership with Cathay Financial Holdings, and enhancing Conning’s position in Europe by appointing, in a newly created position, a European chief investment officer.

Prior to joining Conning, Bradford was an operating partner with Advent International, a global private equity firm. Previously, he spent 12 years at Putnam Investments where he had multiple roles, including head of corporate development and chief operating officer of global distribution.

Conning is an asset manager for the insurance industry, with almost $85 billion in assets under management through its Hartford and Dublin investment centers as of November 30, 2011.