Ken Volpert has built diverse investment management teams for nearly 30 years. His last 26 years (1992-2018) were with Vanguard where he built up their bond indexing business from a $1 billion business with two portfolios to a $750 billion business with global investment teams and more than 80 portfolios. He has a track record of developing numerous diverse leaders at Vanguard who are currently in senior roles in the investment group.
Prior to 2007, Ken was the fund manager of Vanguard Total Bond Market Portfolio as well as Vanguard’s TIPS portfolio. From 2007 to 2014 Ken managed the taxable bond business for Vanguard in the US which included all Vanguard’s actively managed bond funds and index funds. Ken was instrumental in transforming Vanguard’s active bond management process which involved significant change management and team training and development.
From 2014 to 2018 he was Head of Investments for Vanguard UK and Europe (London based) where he oversaw Vanguard’s 80 person investment team in UK/Europe covering all asset classes in addition to managing the global bond indexing business (investment teams in the US, Europe and Asia-PAC). Ken has significant experience with the challenges and complexities of matrix management of global teams.
Since returning from Vanguard in 2018, Ken has completed all training to receive his ACC coaching certification from the International Coaching Federation so he now also provides executive coaching to leaders in the finance sectors. In addition, Ken serves on a few non-profit Boards and Investment Committees.
He has a BS in Finance from the University of Illinois, an MBA from the University of Chicago, is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and Associate Certified Coach (ACC). He resides in Santa Monica, California with his wife.