Over the 15 years since Hillview’s founding, we have witnessed many significant changes in the financial services industry. During that time, providing high quality, objective advice and personalized service has been, and remains, a top priority for us. As we continue to grow, we want to ensure that we have the ability to maintain that commitment while leveraging our infrastructure and resources to be operationally efficient. In our effort to continue on this path we have made the decision to expand our leadership team to include the role of Chief Operating Officer.
After an extensive search, we are pleased to announce that Gillian Johnson has joined Hillview as COO in our Philadelphia office. Gillian has 24 years of operational experience across several industries, including 13 years in financial services. Most recently, she spent nearly 8 years at The Vanguard Group, where she was Finance Manager. In that position, she rotated across the firm’s domestic and international divisions to develop strategic business plans, manage daily finance operations, and lead financial planning and analysis. She directed activities related to pricing, cost-benefit analysis, client profitability, and business development, and designed and implemented process improvements. Most recently she led the effort to establish Vanguard’s presence in China and open its Beijing office.
Gillian is Treasurer of the Philadelphia Chapter of Ellevate Network (formerly 85 Broads) and previously served on the Asset Management and Development Committee of the YWCA USA.
She holds an M.B.A. in Entrepreneurial Finance from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, an M.A. in International Economics from the School of Advanced International Studies of Johns Hopkins University, and a B.A. in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania.
Gillian brings a broad range of operational experience to Hillview, which we believe will lead to an improved use of our talent and systems, and allow the partners of the firm to focus on continuing to produce strong investment results and delivering the highest level of service to our clients. We are thrilled to have such an exceptional talent and individual join us and are very confident you will see the benefits of her contributions to the firm.