Investment Management Expert
Sheri B. Hawkins, CFA
Head of Investment Platform Services
Sheri B. Hawkins is head of investment platform services for Northern Trust Asset Management. She serves on the Asset Management Executive Group and leads equity trading, index services, sustainability, stewardship and client portfolio management teams. She also oversees investment governance and best practice management. Collectively these teams work in collaboration with portfolio management, research and strategy to fuel and frame our investment solutions.
Sheri began her more than 25-year career in the investment industry as an equity portfolio manager before moving on to hold business management roles spanning several functional areas of asset management. Most recently, she served as head of product management, where she was responsible for translating business strategy into comprehensive product development plans and ensured that products were effectively managed through the product life cycle. She has also served as chief financial officer of the asset management business unit, where she led forecasting, planning, analysis and management reporting for Northern Trust’s investment practice. Prior to leading the finance team, she served as the chief administrative officer of investments, with responsibility for leading and coordinating business, financial and infrastructure initiatives for portfolio management and trading units.
Sheri has expertise in quantitative investment strategies, serving as an equity portfolio manager and leader of Northern Trust's tax advantaged equity portfolio management team. She had responsibility for investment strategy, research, portfolio implementation, compliance and infrastructure. Under her leadership, tax advantaged equity assets more than tripled to $10 billion with the product offering and client base growing in number and diversity.
Sheri joined Northern Trust in 1992 in the firm’s management development program. She is also a Leadership Greater Chicago Fellow and serves on the board of trustees for child and family services not-for-profit, Brightpoint. Sheri received a master’s degree in financial markets and trading from the Illinois Institute of Technology's Stuart School of Business and a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Notre Dame. She is a CFA® charterholder, a member of the CFA Institute and serves on the board of directors of the CFA Society of Chicago.