Peter Cieszko is Head of Strategic Development for American Century Investments. Mr. Cieszko, who joined American Century Investments in 2011 as Chief Client Officer has assumed a newly created role as our Head of Strategic Development, greatly contributing to growth of the organization across all client channels through existing and new strategic partnerships.
Mr. Cieszko leverages his extensive industry relationships to deliver the firm’s full capabilities while enhancing key client relationships and establishing new ones. He has developed relationships with professional buyers, wirehouses, regional and independent advisors, RIAs, banks and insurance companies. Building and leveraging innovative strategic partnerships is an increasingly critical component for future success in asset management.
Mr. Cieszko came to American Century Investments from Fidelity Investments Institutional Services Company, where he served as President of the business unit that provides investment management services to financial institutions. Prior to Fidelity, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of Evergreen Investments, the investment management arm of Wachovia/WellsFargo. AtEvergreen he also served as President of Global Distribution, where he was responsible for the firm’s distribution, product and long-term growth strategies. Mr. Cieszko joined Evergreen from Legg Mason, where he was Head of U.S. Distribution and also served as Head of the U.S. retail and high-net worth businesses of Legg Mason’s predecessor firm Citigroup Asset Management. Throughout his 35-year financial services career, Mr. Cieszko has held various senior leadership positions with Nuveen Investments, Montgomery Asset Management, E.F. Hutton & Company and Merrill Lynch.
Mr.Cieszko graduated from Villanova University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. He serves on the board of directors of the Insured Retirement Institute (IRI), Invest in Others Charitable Foundation, as well as various boards and leadership positions within Catholic Charities.