Bernard J. PicchiBernard J. Picchi has been Director since June 2011. He is also Managing Director of Private Wealth Management for Palisade Capital Management, LLC, of Fort Lee, New Jersey, and has been in that role since 2009. Before joining Palisade, Mr. Picchi served as Managing Partner of Willow Rock Associates from 2008 to 2009, a company which advised securities firms on energy investments. From 2003 through 2008, Mr. Picchi served as Senior Energy Analyst at two independent research firms based in New York City, Foresight Research Solutions from 2003 to 2005 and Wall Street Access from 2006 to 2008. From 1999 through 2002, he was Director of U.S. Equity Research at Pittsburgh-based Federated Investors, where he also managed the Capital Appreciation Fund, a five-star rated (during his tenure) $1.5 billion equity mutual fund. Before Federated, Mr. Picchi enjoyed a 20-year career on Wall Street at Salomon Brothers, Kidder Peabody, and Lehman Brothers, both as an award-winning energy analyst and as an executive (Director of U.S. Equity Research at Lehman in the mid-1990s). He began his post-college career at Mellon Bank in Pittsburgh, United States.
Mr. Picchi holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Foreign Service from Georgetown University, United States, and he has achieved the professional designation Chartered Financial Analyst. He has also served on various non-profit boards, most notably that of the Georgetown University Library which he has served for the past thirty years.
Mr. Picchi also serves as Chair of Mercer's Compensation Committee.
Governance Committee Chair
Audit Committee Chair
Compensation Committee Chair
Environmental, Health and Safety Committee Chair