Van Eck Global - Since 1955

Corporate Management

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Jan F. van Eck

Jan F. van Eck

Jan F. van Eck

CEO and Director of Van Eck Associates Corporation

Director and President, Van Eck Securities Corporation

Director and President, Van Eck Absolute Return Advisers Corporation

President, Chief Executive Officer and Trustee, Market Vectors ETF Trust

  • Joined Van Eck in 1992.
  • Has created a variety of international, emerging markets and commodity-related investment strategies in mutual fund, ETF, and alternative investment formats.
  • Serves on investment committee for Van Eck VIP Multi-Managers Alternatives Fund.
  • 2013 Finalist for Fund Leader of the Year, Institutional Investor's Mutual Fund Industry Awards.
  • From 1994 to 1998, established a fund management joint venture with Shenyin Wanguo Securities, one of the largest securities firms in China.
  • Fellowship at The Council of Institutional Investors, focusing on shareholder rights, 1990.
  • JD, Stanford University, 1991; BA (Phi Beta Kappa), Economics, Williams College, 1985.

Bruce J. Smith
Bruce J. Smith

Bruce J. Smith

Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Van Eck Global

  • Joined Van Eck in 1983.
  • Serves as Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer and Director of Van Eck Associates Corporation, Van Eck Securities Corporation and Van Eck Absolute Return Advisers Corporation.
  • Director, Van Eck Global (Europe) GmbH, Van Eck Switzerland AG and Van Eck Société d'Investissement à Capital Variable.
  • Prior to joining Van Eck, CPA at McGladrey & Pullen.
  • Member of American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants (NYSSCPA).
  • Holds FINRA Series 7, 27 and 63 licenses.
  • CPA, 1980; BS, Accounting, Fordham University, 1977.

Robert R. Grusky
Robert R. Grusky

Robert R. Grusky

  • Director, Van Eck Associates Corporation.
  • Since 2000, Founder and Managing Member of Hope Capital Management, LLC, an investment manager.
  • In 2000, co-founded New Mountain Capital, LLC, an investment manager. Was a Principal and Managing Director from 2000 to 2005, Senior Advisor since 2005.
  • In 1997, joined Honorable Ronald S. Lauder as Senior Advisor and Chief of Staff. In 1998, named President of RSL Investments Corporation.
  • In 1990, appointed White House Fellow by President Bush. Served as Assistant for Special Projects to Secretary of Defense Cheney.
  • In 1985, joined Goldman, Sachs & Co. as a member of its Mergers and Acquisitions Department. In 1989, named Vice President. In 1993, transferred to the Principal Investment Area (PIA).
  • From 1979 to 1983, was with Continental Illinois National Bank and Trust Company of Chicago, rising to Second Vice President in the U.S. Banking Department.
  • Member of Board of Directors of AutoNation, Inc. (NYSE: AN) and Strayer Education, Inc. (NASDAQ: STRA).
  • MA, Business Administration (with distinction), Harvard Business School, 1985; BA (cum laude and with honors in history), Union College, 1979.

William A. Ullman
William A. Ullman 

William A. Ullman

  • Director, Van Eck Associates Corporation.
  • Since 2006, Founder of Right Wall Capital Management LLC; focused on investing in the global financial services sector and advising selected clients.
  • From 2001 to 2006, Senior Managing Director, Global Clearing Services Department, Bear Stearns & Co., Inc. Managed department's top client relationship and global capital introduction groups; strategic planning and investments.
  • From 1997 to 2001, Managing Director/Senior Managing Director, Bear Stearns' Financial Institutions Group/Investment Banking Department. Managed the group's corporate finance practice for asset managers, broker-dealers and fin-tech companies.
  • Began career in 1989 as Associate, Financial Institutions Group, Merrill Lynch Investment Banking Department; promoted Director, 1997; Vice President in London (1993-1996) helping to build European Financial Institutions Group practice.
  • Board Member, Capital Returns Fund Ltd. (insurance sector focused hedge fund); former Advisory Board Member, PerTrac Financial Solutions; former Chairman of the Board of the Hoff Barthelson Music School, Scarsdale, NY.
  • MBA, UCLA Anderson School of Management, 1989; AB, History (cum laude), Princeton University, 1985.