General Investing >> Money Manager Interviews >> April 28, 2003

Michele Ward – Retirement System Investors Inc

MICHELE A. WARD is Executive Vice President and Senior Investment Officer of Retirement System Investors (RSInvestors) which manages over $800 million of equity and fixed income mutual fund assets. RSInvestors started in the money management business in 1983 and is a subsidiary of the New York City-based Retirement System Group (RSGroup). Ms. Ward joined RSInvestors and assumed management of the RSI Retirement Trust Core Equity Fund in June 2002. She joined Jim Coughlin as co-Portfolio Manager of the Enterprise Growth & Income Fund and the Enterprise Accumulation Trust Growth & Income Fund in November 2002. Prior to joining the company, she spent nine years at Columbus Circle Investors of Stamford, Connecticut. She began her career at Columbus Circle as an Analyst covering retailers, aerospace and defense corporations, and industrial concerns. As Senior Analyst on the firm's Core accounts, she added coverage of healthcare and technology sectors as well as the remainder of the consumer sector. In December 2000, she was named Managing Director and Portfolio Manager of the firm's Mid Cap product. She began her career at Greenwich Associates, the financial services consulting and research firm. She served there as an Analyst, Director of Research, and consultant to the firm's commercial bank clients. A magna cum laude graduate of Yale University, she holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with distinction in Political Science. She received a Master of Public and Private Management from Yale's School of Management. She is a Chartered Financial Analyst and a member of the New York Society of Securities Analysts. Profile
TWST: Could you give us a brief overview of Retirement System

Investors and your responsibilities there?

Ms. Ward: Retirement System Investors is the retirement arm of

the Retirement System