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Eric Heaton, Respected Financial Services Industry Leader, Joins Rockefeller Capital Management as Head of Strategy

Eric Heaton, Respected Financial Services Industry Leader, Joins Rockefeller Capital Management as Head of Strategy


New York, September 6, 2022

Rockefeller Capital Management today announced that Eric Heaton, a widely respected 30-year veteran of the financial services industry, has joined the firm as Managing Director and Head of Strategy. He will be a member of Rockefeller’s Management Committee, reporting to Gregory J. Fleming, President & CEO.

With broad and deep experience at several preeminent firms, Heaton will work with leaders across the firm on key strategic priorities and enterprise-wide initiatives. He will advise Fleming on strategic growth plans, while focusing initially on three areas: working with Mike Brakey, Head of Strategic Client Solutions, on expanding Rockefeller Global Family Office product offerings across credit, banking, insurance, annuities, and retirement; accelerating growth in the newly expanded Strategic Advisory business under President Jim Ratigan; and partnering with Laura Esposito, newly named Head of Enterprise Coverage, in developing key enterprise-wide client relationships.

“I’ve worked closely with Eric over the past 25 years,” Fleming said. “He brings tremendous experience, energy and intensity, thought leadership, integrity, a tireless focus on excellence, and a collaborative approach to clients, colleagues, and everyone he encounters. He’ll raise the bar as we pursue our strategic objectives.

Fleming added that Heaton “exemplifies the best-in-class talent we’re gathering at every level of Rockefeller. We’re delighted he’s chosen our firm as his place-of-choice for continuing his career.”

Before joining Rockefeller Capital Management, Heaton served for 10 years as President of U.S. Banks at Morgan Stanley, where he led banking and lending products for both the wealth management and institutional securities divisions. In his role, he oversaw two OCC-regulated banks with approximately $400 billion in assets. He also oversaw the firm’s Community Development Finance Group, responsible for meeting CRA obligations.

Prior to Morgan Stanley, Heaton was Head of the America’s Financial Institutions Group at Deutsche Bank, managing an investment banking team covering all subsectors of the financial services industry. Heaton began his career in 1989 at Merrill Lynch, where over two decades he held a series of senior leadership roles, including Global Treasurer, Head of Global Strategy and Business Development, and Co-Head of the America’s Financial Institutions Group.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Dartmouth College. He and his family live in Pound Ridge, NY.

About Rockefeller Capital Management

Rockefeller Capital Management was established in 2018 as a leading independent, privately-owned financial services firm. Originally founded in 1882 as the family office of John D. Rockefeller, the Firm has evolved to offer strategic advice to ultra-high-net-worth and high-net-worth individuals and families, institutions and corporations from 40 locations across the United States. Early in 2022, the Firm opened an office in London. As of June 30, 2022, the Firm was responsible for approximately $90 billion in client assets across its three business segments, the Rockefeller Global Family Office, Rockefeller Asset Management and Rockefeller Strategic Advisory.