U.S. Jobs' Roundup: Fidelity taps an equities shoulder

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Much of the hiring action was in fund management last week, including the defection of Robert DiFazio, former global head of equities at Citigroup, from sellside to buyside.

DiFazio will be running the institutional trading desk in the U.S. for fund management group Fidelity Investments, based in Boston. DiFazio is a direct replacement for Craig Messinger, who left Fidelity four months ago following a management reshuffle in the trading department.

Voyageur Asset Management, a subsidiary of RBC Dain Rauscher, said that John Huber has joined the firm as chief investment officer of fixed income. Huber will be located in Voyageur's Minneapolis office and joins from Galliard Capital Management, where he was a senior portfolio manager. Jennifer Hunt is also coming on board as managing director of public funds, to be based in Boston. Hunt joins from Loomis, Sayles & Company, where she was director of public fund sales and marketing.

Velocity Asset Management has appointed James J. Mastriani as its chief financial officer and chief legal officer. Prior to joining Velocity, Mastriani was an associate at the New York office of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, a law firm, where he provided legal and regulatory advice in structured finance, corporate finance and banking transactions.

On the investment banking and securities side, securities firm Fulcrum Global Partners made three new hires: Alice Beebe Longley as research analyst; Myles P. Lavelle as manager of national research sales; and Brian Kenney as manager of New York sales trading. Longley previously covered the personal and household products sector at Donaldson Lufkin & Jenrette and then CSFB. Lavelle and Kenney were both previously with Schwab Soundview Capital Markets.

Banc of America Securities (BAS) announced today that John P. Case has joined the firm as a managing director and senior client manager in the Real Estate Investment Banking group. Case joins BAS from Merrill Lynch.

Sandler O'Neill & Partners, an investment bank specializing in financial services

companies, has added Peter Duffy as an associate director in its fixed income division. He brings over a decade of experience in financial services to Sandler O'Neill. Duffy was most recently employed at Keefe, Bruyette & Woods as a senior vice president in investments.

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