Brandeis Board of Trustees Elects New Chair

Perry Traquina '78
Photo courtesy Wellington Management
Perry Traquina '78

At its March meeting, the Brandeis University Board of Trustees elected Perry M. Traquina ’78 its chair for a three-year term, effective May 19.

Traquina (pronounced tra-QUEE-nah), chairman and chief executive of Wellington Management Company, will succeed Malcolm Sherman, P’83, the philanthropist and veteran business executive who was elected board chair in 2007.

“We are grateful to Mal Sherman for his leadership in a challenging economic environment,” says President Fred Lawrence. “He has been a true partner since I assumed the presidency of Brandeis, helping spearhead a governance review and the implementation of new governance rules. His leadership was a steady presence during a time of transition, and I want to thank him for everything he has done for me and for Brandeis.”

Traquina, the son of Portuguese immigrants, graduated summa cum laude from Brandeis. As an undergraduate, he studied at the London School of Economics and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He earned an MBA from Harvard Business School in 1980.

At Wellington Management, Traquina oversees an investment management firm with more than $750 billion in client assets under management and 2,000 employees worldwide. The company is headquartered in Boston and has 11 other global offices.

Traquina is a chartered financial analyst, a member of the Association for Investment Management and Research, and a trustee of the Winsor School in Boston. He was elected to the Brandeis Board of Trustees in 2002 and has served as co-chair of the Investment Committee and as a member of the Executive Committee.

“Perry Traquina will continue a tradition of strong board leadership at Brandeis, combining the perspective of a seasoned business leader with the passion of a Brandeis alumnus,” says Lawrence. “We are all extremely enthusiastic about Perry’s leadership.”