Rob Leary is Chief Executive Officer of Nuveen.
Rob has responsibility for the company's investment strategy, distribution and operations, as well as the standalone businesses that comprise of Nuveen's multi-boutique structure. Since joining Nuveen’s parent company TIAA in 2013, Rob has created one of the world’s largest and most diversified financial services organizations by completing several successful acquisitions and organic growth initiatives. He leads a highly experienced management team focused on strong investment performance, innovation and client focus across all distribution channels.
Rob began his career as a lawyer for White & Case in New York, and then moved into the financial services arena with J.P. Morgan & Co., where he led the development of fixed-income derivative applications and investment strategies for pension plans and other investment managers. In the course of more than 20 years in the industry, Rob helped build AIG Financial Products' investment business and led all of its client-facing businesses from marketing to distribution globally. He later was CEO of ING Investment Management Americas and ING Insurance U.S. At ING U.S., he was responsible for the investment management, retirement, insurance and annuity businesses, as well as operations, IT, and marketing in the U.S.
Rob serves on the board of AmeriCares, a nonprofit, global health and disaster relief organization. He earned a bachelor’s degree in political science at Union College and a law degree from Fordham University School of Law.