John William Akkerman

Global Head of Distribution at MacKay Shields LLC

John William Akkerman

John William Akkerman

Global Head of Distribution at MacKay Shields LLC

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Chairman & Chief Executive Officer at MacKay Shields LLC

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President & Chief Operating Officer at MacKay Shields LLC

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Senior Managing Director at MacKay Shields LLC

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Executive MD & Head of Global Fixed Income at MacKay Shields LLC

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Managing Director & Portfolio Manager, Municipal Bond Division at MacKay Shields LLC

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Director at MacKay Shields LLC

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Executive Vice President & Chief Investment Officer at New York Life Insurance Company

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Former Managing Director, Portfolio Manager & Analyst at MacKay Shields LLC

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Director of Global Fixed Income at MacKay Shields LLC

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Founder at Brewer Lane Ventures

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John William Akkerman
Global Head of Distribution at MacKay Shields LLC
Class of 1987

The Ivey Business School is located on Western University's campus in London, Ontario, Canada. Its MBA, along with a range of other programs, is offered by Western University, but it is managed separately with its own dean and budget. Its primary location is London, Ontario, but the school also has two executive teaching facilities in Toronto and Hong Kong. The University of Western Ontario created the Department of Commercial Economics within the Faculty of Arts in 1922 to offer elective course work in business. The first degree program was the Bachelor of Arts (Honors) in Business Administration (HBA). The school has been consistently ranked as one of Canada's top business schools

Bachelor's of Commerce in Finance & Marketing
Class of 1982

St. Mary's University, founded in 1852 by Marianist brothers and priests, is the first institution of higher learning in San Antonio and the oldest Catholic university in Texas and the Southwest. Personal attention and powerful academic programs have made St. Mary's, located on 135 acres northwest of downtown San Antonio, a nationally recognized liberal arts institution. With a diverse student population of nearly 4,000 of all faiths and backgrounds, St. Mary's is home to five schools: Humanities and Social Sciences, Bill Greehey School of Business, Science, Engineering and Technology, Graduate, and Law. The University provides a Catholic education experience that evokes academic excellence while integrating liberal studies, professional preparation and ethical commitment. St. Mary's 192 full-time faculty members, 94 percent of whom hold doctoral or terminal degrees in their fields, are committed to student success in and out of the classroom. St. Mary's has approximately 70 undergraduate and graduate majors and offers over 120 degree programs, which include two doctoral and two law programs. The student/faculty ratio of 13-to-1 permits small classes and promotes active learning. The Marianists who came to San Antonio in 1852 responded to the call of their superiors to establish an educational institution to regenerate the people of the city. Through their work and the work of those who followed them, St. Mary's University has maintained its reputation as "a noble institution destined to be a great education center of the Southwest." St. Mary's serves the various communities of San Antonio, the Southwest, the nation and the world through the intellectual, spiritual, moral and professional leadership of its faculty, administration, staff and students.


CFA Society Toronto supports the professional and business development of charterholders. It provides member services including educational programs, sponsored events, employment postings, and networking opportunities. The company was founded in 1936 and is headquartered in Toronto, Canada.

Career History
Global Head of Distribution
2012 - Current

MacKay Shields LLC (“MacKay”) was founded in 1938 as an economic consulting firm and became a registered investment adviser in 1969. In 1984, MacKay was acquired by New York Life Insurance Company and remains a wholly-owned subsidiary of New York Life today. The firm is headquartered in New York City with offices in Princeton, N.J., Los Angeles, C.A., and London, U.K.

Head, Specialist Institutional Sales & Marketing Functions
Prior - 2011

AB's investment analysts create proprietary research to support our portfolio managers, who also can conduct their own research. Their portfolio management professionals then implement our discretionary investment strategies. The firm's professionals employ a range of investment strategies to implement the advice they give to clients including: long-term purchases, short-term purchases, trading, short sales, margin transactions, option strategies including writing covered options, uncovered options and spread strategies, and taking advantage of price differentials between two or more securities (arbitrage). Quantitative analytics are utilized in some of AB's investment activities, to assist in the selection of securities or the management of investment risk. It is often necessary for them to acquire or dispose of the same securities for more than one client account at the same time. In conducting security analysis, they utilize a broad spectrum of information, including without limitation financial publications, third-party research materials, annual reports, prospectuses, regulatory filings, company press releases, corporate rating services, inspections of corporate activities and meetings with management of various companies.

Head of Institutional Sales, Client Service
1996 - 2011

AllianceBernstein Canada, Inc., part of Equitable Holdings, Inc., is a Canadian company located in Montréal, QC, that provides investment advice.

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The University of Western Ontario, which is commonly referred to among Canadian universities as Western, is a public research university located in London, Ontario, Canada. The university's main campus covers 455 hectares (1,120 acres) of land, with the Thames River running through the eastern portion. The university was founded on 7 March 1878 by Bishop Isaac Hellmuth of the Anglican Diocese of Huron as "The Western University of London Ontario." It incorporated Huron University College, which had been founded in 1863.

Political Donations

Representative from Texas's 8th Congressional District


Partner at Solamere Capital LLC


Former Senator from New York

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Mackay Municipal California Opportunities Fund LP raised money in a private placement transaction

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Mackay Municipal Short Term Opportunities Fund LP raised money in a private placement transaction

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MacKay Shields Core Fixed Income Fund CIT raised money in a private placement transaction

Awards & Honors
Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst
CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst)
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