the pass-through mortgage market from an executive position at UBS, where he had worked since 2002. Deutsche Bank is a leading fixed-income trading house, offering financial services in 74 countries. Dixon’s product knowledge and extensive financial experience is a definite asset to the firm’s Global Markets Division. Deutsche entrusts Dixon with the trading and risk management of $25 billion to $30 billion worth of balance sheets in mortgage-backed securities.
Moctar A. Fall. Managing Director & Head of Debt Capital Market for Emerging Markets. JPMorgan Emerging Markets.
New York, NY. Age: 46. Bottom Line: A world-class financier, Fall heads the Capital Markets Group, which is responsible for the origination of debt for issuers in Asia, Latin America, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. His group also manages the Emerging Markets Debt Capital team in New York. Notable career moves: Fall headed the team that led the first Deutschmark Global Bond for the World Bank and headed a team that led the $4 billion, 30-year Brady exchange for Venezuela.
Alphonse”Buddy” Fletcher. Chairman & CEO. Fletcher Asset Management Inc. New York, NY. Age: 40. Bottom Line: Fletcher remains a Wall Street mover at the top of his game. Fletcher Asset Management recently inked a $30 million investment agreement with Input/Output Inc., a data imaging and software company. In addition, Fletcher has created megadeals worth $85 million combined with companies such as The Princeton Review Inc. and Helix Energy Solutions Group Inc. One of America’s leading black philanthropists, Fletcher launched a $50 million initiative that includes the Alphonse Fletcher Sr. Fellowship program and an endowed Columbia University Law School professorship.
Amy Ellis-Simon. Head of Multiproduct Sales. Merrill Lynch. New York, NY. Age: 34. “Just knowing that Wall Street exists is a big deal,” says Ellis-Simon, a graduate of the Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO), who credits the organization for getting her banking career started at Merrill in 1993. “I didn’t know that a trading floor existed until I walked up to Merrill’s floor that first day of my internship.” Since then, she has become the first African American woman to be named a managing director in investment banking at Merrill Lynch. This dynamo is part of a hard-driving group that generates millions each year in revenues for large institutional U.S. companies. Her division is a one-stop shop for institutional investors interested in
a spectrum of equity and debt products, including c
onvertible securities, equities, equity derivatives, and fixed income.
In the fast-paced, highly competitive sales and trading world, Ellis-Simon employs the balancing approach to attract clients by providing consistent service and making smart decisions. Her mantra: At the end of the day, you need a strong work ethic, courage, and opinion. “We provide clients with unique solutions and you have to get a prospective client to move swiftly and encourage them to make a decision that they would otherwise not have made without your assistance,” she says with conviction.
A graduate of the University of Michigan with a bachelor’s degree in history, Ellis-Simon returned to Merrill in 1994 as an