Marc O. Mayer ’83

Chairman and CEO, Manning & Napier, New York

Marc Mayer is the chairman and CEO of Manning & Napier, a $20+ billion in assets publicly traded wealth and asset manager. He joined the firm in early 2019. Mr. Mayer has spent the past three decades in the investment world.

From 2014 to 2018, Mr. Mayer was the head of North American Distribution at Schroders plc, a $500+ billion in assets global investment manager.

Previously, Mr. Mayer was a partner and chief executive officer of GMO LLC, a privately owned $60+ billion in assets institutional investment manager. He was a member of the GMO Board. He joined GMO in 2009 after 20 years at AllianceBernstein L.P., a $500 + billion in assets investment manager, and its predecessor firm, privately owned Sanford C. Bernstein & Co., Inc. He was a partner and a member of the Bernstein Board of Directors. Beginning in 1989 as a pharmaceuticals securities analyst, Mr. Mayer went on to be research director, head of the institutional research business, head of institutional investments, head of retail investments and president and a director of the AllianceBernstein mutual funds, and chief investment officer for asset allocation.

Prior to joining Sanford Bernstein, Mr. Mayer worked at the Squibb Corporation for six years in strategic planning, business development, marketing, and marketing research. After college Mr. Mayer worked as a concert and record producer. The vestiges of that failed attempt survive in a collection of over 50,000 CDs, LPs, 45s, cassette tapes, 8 tracks, shellac 78s, and Edison cylinders.

Mr. Mayer has a BA in Philosophy from Yale and an MBA from Columbia Business School.

In addition to the Board of Columbia Business School, Mr. Mayer serves on the Executive Committee of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and is a member of their Board of Governors. He is the Chairman of the American Friends of Hebrew University. Mr. Mayer also serves on the boards of the Berklee College of Music and Saint Ann’s School in Brooklyn Heights. He is chair emeritus of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.

Mr. Mayer lives in New York City and Pittsford, NY with his wife, Meera, also a graduate of Columbia Business School. They have three children, a grandson, and a large tortoise.