Chris Brightman

Chris Brightman

Partner, Chief Investment Officer

Chris Brightman is a member of the Research Affiliates board and leads the Research, Investment Management, and Investment Strategy teams. In this role, he supervises Research Affiliates' research and development activities, provision of index strategies, and management of client portfolios.

Chris has three decades of investment management experience in equities, fixed income, currency, and asset allocation. He has traded securities and derivatives, managed portfolios, supervised quantitative product development, and allocated assets to alternative investment strategies. He also has extensive organizational and people management expertise.

Prior to joining Research Affiliates, Chris served as board chair of The Investment Fund for Foundations (TIFF), vice chair of the Investment Advisory Committee for the Virginia Retirement System, chief executive officer of the University of Virginia Investment Management Company, chief investment officer of Strategic Investment Group, director of global equity strategy at UBS Asset Management, senior portfolio manager at Brinson Partners, vice president and head of asset/liability management at Maryland National Bank, and associate national bank examiner at the Comptroller of the Currency.

Chris holds the Chartered Financial Analyst® designation and is a member of CFA Institute and CFA Society Orange County. He serves on the Board and the Investment Committee of the Virginia Tech Foundation.

Chris received a BS in finance from Virginia Tech and an MBA from Loyola University, Maryland.​


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