Thomas J. Girard

Private Investor- Retired Chief Investment Officer of Fixed Income at NYL Investors, a wholly owned subsidiary of the New York Life Insurance Company

Thomas J. Girard served as the Chief Investment Officer, Fixed Income for NYL Investors until June 2018. NYL Investors is a wholly owned subsidiary of New York Life Insurance Company, the largest mutual life insurance company in the United States.  Mr. Girard oversaw the management of $145 billion in fixed income assets, 65 investment professionals, and was responsible for a $140 million P&L.  Mr. Girard was also responsible for setting investment strategy, leading committee meetings, and overseeing risk management of all fixed income portfolios. He was a member of NYL Investors Board of Directors and Senior Leadership Team and was responsible for providing annual reviews to the Investment Committee of the New York Life Board of Directors as well as Credit Rating Agencies. Mr. Girard also served on the Board of Directors for the New York Life Insurance Company, Arizona as well as on the Financial Risk Steering Committee of New York Life. During his tenure at NYL Investors, Mr. Girard was instrumental in building the firm’s 3rd party asset management business. His USD, fixed income expertise was widely sought after by both domestic and foreign investors.  At its peak, this business represented $22 billion in assets and included CLO’s, Stable Value, and Institutional Insurance assets. Prior to joining NYL Investors, Mr. Girard served as a Managing Director and Head of Fixed Income for Robeco Investment Management, Weiss Peck & Greer. In this capacity, Mr. Girard oversaw $11 billion and was a key architect of the overall investment philosophy and process. He was a member of the Operating Committee and the Investment Policy Committee, achieving successful track records across all investment strategies. Mr. Girard also held investment positions of increasing responsibility at Bankers Trust Investment Management and J.P. Morgan, overseeing large institutional relationships and the securities lending portfolio. Mr. Girard began his career as a staff accountant at Peat Marwick Main & Co, working on audits in banking, manufacturing, and service industries and ultimately rising to a supervisory position. He is an M.B.A graduate of Fordham University, holds a B.S. from St. John Fisher College in Rochester, NY, and earned a license to practice as a Certified Public Accountant in the State of New York.