Robert McConnaughey is the global research director for Columbia Management Investment Advisers, LLC (CMIA). Mr. McConnaughey joined the firm in 2002 as director of fundamental equity research and has been a member of the investment community since 1993.
Prior to joining Columbia Management, Mr. McConnaughey served as the associate director of research for Citigroup Global Asset Management, overseeing growth industry equity research analysis worldwide. Previously, he was a managing director of Prudential’s Real Estate Securities Group, where he directed research and portfolio management of retail and institutional assets. Mr. McConnaughey began his career in investment management at Fidelity Management & Research, where he was an analyst and portfolio manager.
Mr. McConnaughey earned his B.A. degree from Dartmouth College.
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