Full Name
Melanie Pickett
Job Title
Executive Vice President and Head of Asset Owner Segment (Americas)
Northern Trust Corporation
Speaker Bio
Melanie joined Northern Trust in January 2017, charged with creating a new line of business centered on meeting the portfolio management and technology needs of complex asset allocators across the globe. In late 2018, Melanie led an equity investment in Parilux Investment Technology & led the launch of Northern Trust's first cloud-native software business. In early 2019, Melanie increased Northern Trust's equity stake in Parilux to a majority position and launched Northern Trust’s Front Office Solutions for large endowments, foundations, family offices, sovereign wealth funds, pensions, and OCIOs. Since launch, the platform has grown to serve over $460BN in AUM. Northern Trust fully acquired Parilux in April 2021.

Since launching Front Office Solutions, Melanie has added two additional responsibilities to her mandate: she is the global product executive for alternative investments, directing capital and strategy to the firm's investments in services for limited partners. In January 2021, Melanie took responsibility for the firm's not-for-profit, healthcare, public pension and Taft Hartley businesses and in January 2022, she added responsibility for the insurance and large corporate segments as well as Northern Trust's Canada business. Melanie's responsibilities now span the entirety of the Asset Owner segment in the Americas, directing the firm's strategy, growth and delivery of all firmwide products & services for asset owners and allocators in the Americas region.

Melanie brings 20+ years of experience in a variety of senior operations and technology roles, most recently as Chief Operating Officer of Emory Investment Management, one of the top 20 Endowment investment programs in the United States. Prior to Emory Investment Management, she spent over a decade managing operations and technology strategy + execution within Morgan Stanley’s Global Wealth Management division.

Melanie has served on the Board of Directors of Nicsa and Parilux Investment Technology and is a founding Advisory Board member of the Investment Management Due Diligence Association (IMDDA) and Funds4Food, the largest capital introduction event ever, with proceeds supporting global hunger.

Prior to Emory Investment Management, Melanie spent over a decade managing the operations and technology strategy of Morgan Stanley’s Global Wealth Management division.

Melanie has a Master's of Technology Management (Wharton School of Business & University of Pennsylvania School of Engineering & Applied Sciences), where she was designated a Moore Fellow in the Management of Technology (University of Pennsylvania) and also holds a B.A. in Political Science (University of Georgia).

Melanie is former Series 7, 27, 63 Licensed Professional and is a Chartered Due Diligence Analyst (CDDA). Melanie is also a graduate of the SIFMA Securities Industry Institute (SII).

Melanie is most passionate about leadership & strategy, and creating transformative change within organizations. Melanie is also a committed advocate and champion of Diversity, Equality, and Inclusion in Financial Services.
Melanie Pickett