William Ryan will join Hewitt EnnisKnupp as an associate partner in the firm’s retirement practice on Jan. 19.
Mr. Ryan has worked for the University of California, Oakland for seven years, the last two years as director of client relations services in the office of the chief investment officer of the regents.
The University of California has about $91 billion in combined endowment, retirement and operating fund assets, including three defined contribution plans with aggregate assets of $19.8 billion and a defined benefit plan with assets of about $52 billion.
Mr. Ryan said in an interview that he will be based in Hewitt EnnisKnupp’s Chicago office, working with large corporate and public defined contribution plans. His last day at the university is Dec. 31.
“Working at UC for seven years has been rewarding, and I will miss the people,” Mr. Ryan said. At Hewitt EnnisKnupp, “we plan to collaborate on the goal of scaling my UC experience to add value to my peer plan sponsors.”
Representatives of the university and Hewitt EnnisKnupp could not be immediately reached for comment.