New York, NY (PRWEB) February 16, 2014
Cornerstone Capital Inc. announced today the addition of Phil Kirshman, CFA, CFP®, to its leadership team, effective immediately.
In his new role, Phil serves as Chief Investment Officer of Cornerstone Capital Investment Management, with responsibility for overseeing the Firm’s Private Client Wealth Management investment strategies. Phil will be based in Denver, CO, expanding Cornerstone Capital’s geographic reach and opening up new business opportunities for the Firm.
“We’re delighted to have Phil on board and are excited to capitalize on the market growth potential afforded by his joining our leadership team,” said Erika Karp, founder and CEO of Cornerstone Capital. “By expanding our service offerings to include private wealth management, with a focus on institutional clients, family offices and others, we’re now in a strong position to meet the growing market demand for professionally managed and direct sustainable investing solutions across all asset classes. We believe Cornerstone Capital, with our proprietary due diligence expertise and institutional heritage, truly open architecture investment platform, and objective, unconstrained consulting model is uniquely positioned to respond to this fast-growing market segment,” she added.
Phil is a recognized expert and leader in the field of sustainable investment consulting, with 20 years of client experience in advisory and portfolio management capacities. He has worked closely with private companies, foundations, family offices, trustees, and directly with families to plan, strategize, implement and provide continuous reporting on sustainable investment strategies and initiatives.
In commenting on his new career decision, Phil said, “I am honored to join Cornerstone Capital Group and the amazing team being assembled there to help address the most pressing issues of our time through an investment perspective. We expect to deliver to our clients the most robust, well-rounded investment process and suite of solutions available in the marketplace today. It’s a tremendous opportunity for us to leverage our strength and resources as investors towards a more sustainable future for all of us. I’m thrilled to be able to play a small part in that.”
Looking to the future, Cornerstone Capital Group believes that the global macroeconomic imperatives of our day demand the investment power of the private sector. Investing with a systematic analysis of these environmental, social and governance issues is essential to properly understand risk-adjusted returns. This investment discipline will become further institutionalized and accelerated as companies and the analysts who follow them become increasingly focused on complex, business-defining challenges. “Being mindful investors, without compromising on our expected financial results, will open new doors for Cornerstone Capital, enabling us to develop new business and reach our growth targets as a company. We’re eager to seize the opportunities ahead,” said Erika Karp.
About Cornerstone Capital
Founded in 2013, Cornerstone Capital Inc. is a New York based financial services firm offering investment banking, strategic consulting and, in the near future, investment management capabilities. The mission of the firm is to bring the discipline of sustainable finance to the mainstream of the capital markets. With the systematic analysis of environmental, social and governance factors in the investment process, the Cornerstone Capital Group advises both investors and corporations on optimizing their financial and business decision-making processes. Cornerstone’s Board of Directors, Global Advisory Council and Staff partner with organizations including the World Economic Forum, the Clinton Global Initiative, the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board, and the Principles for Responsible Investment to work towards collaboration and transparency in the global capital markets.
About Phil Kirshman, CFA, CFP®
Phil Kirshman is a Chartered Financial Analyst and a Certified Financial Planner®, holds the Series 7, 63, 65 and 24 securities licenses, is licensed for life, accident and health insurance, fixed and variable annuities, and long term care insurance. Phil serves on the board of US SIF: The Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment, the leading sustainability-focused membership trade organization in the US.
Phil’s portfolio management credentials and experience bring important fiduciary-level perspectives to Cornerstone’s private client wealth management engagements. He oversees our investment policy planning, strategic asset allocation optimization, manager due diligence, investment implementation and portfolio reporting strategies. Phil brings a robust sustainability lens to each of these traditional areas of investment consulting, thereby delivering a fundamentally sound overall investing experience to our clients.
Phil spent the past five and a half years as a senior partner on a UBS Institutional Consulting team based in Boulder, Colorado, serving clients all over the United States. Prior to that, Phil served clients as a portfolio manager with Wachovia Securities and Smith Barney, served in a business development capacity with Progressive Asset Management, and was a commercial cargo ship sale broker with Jacq. Pierot Jr. and Sons.
Phil and his wife Emiko live in Denver, Colorado where he enjoys hiking in the Rockies, live music, playing squash, and spending time with his teenage nephews. He volunteers with Junior Achievement, teaching financial literacy to high school students, and with the Food Bank of the Rockies.