Peter Cieszko was named president of global distribution at Evergreen Investments, confirmed spokesman Dan Flaherty. The new position broadens the firm's institutional, retail and high-net-worth distribution and product strategies domestically and abroad, said Mr. Flaherty. Mr. Cieszko, who will report directly to Dennis Ferro, president and CEO of Evergreen, will also serve on the firm's operating committee. Mr. Cieszko was most recently managing director and head of U.S. distribution for Legg Mason. Those responsibilities will be handled on an interim basis by Mark Fetting, Legg Mason's head of mutual funds and management services, according to spokeswoman Mary Athridge. Mr. Fetting will determine whether Mr. Cieszko will be permanently replaced.
Ron Poppell was named senior programs officer at the Florida State Board of Administration's $2.167 billion defined contribution plan, said Michael P. McCauley, director of investment services and communications. Mr. Poppell, who was director of educational services for the Tallahassee-based plan, replaced Kevin SigRist. Mr. SigRist was named deputy executive director of the $153 billion Florida State Board, effective June 1. Information on how Mr. Poppell will be replaced was unavailable by press time. Mr. SigRist also worked as chief of enterprise risk management and investment services at the Florida board; that position is expected to be filled internally in a few weeks.
Ralph Raciti joined Phoenix Realty Group as managing director, Urban Private Equity Funds, for the northeast region, said Francie Murphy, spokeswoman. The position is new. Mr. Raciti was vice president for urban operations and land acquisitions in New York and New Jersey for Pulte Homes.