Charles D. Miller
Executive Vice President & Global Head of Distribution
Mr. Miller joined Harbert Management Corporation (HMC) in 1994 and became Executive Vice President & CFO in 2002 serving through 2011 when he became Executive Vice President & Global Head of Distribution. He also serves on the company’s Board of Directors. Mr. Miller previously worked with Harbert Corporation, which he joined in 1985, and played a key role in that firm’s transformation from an operating conglomerate. During his career, he has served in various treasury and financial management roles, including Treasurer, Chief Financial Officer and Director of Corporate Acquisitions. His current responsibilities at HMC include the management of all fund raising and investor relations activities, along with credit and treasury functions across the company. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Auburn University and has completed the Wharton Executive Program at the University of Pennsylvania on Financial Management.
Melissa M. Babb
Senior Managing Director
Based in HMC’s Atlanta office, Melissa Babb is a Senior Managing Director and Co-head of sales and marketing in North America. Ms. Babb joined HMC in 2008, having served as a Managing Director of JPMorgan Private Bank covering high net worth clients in the Southeast. Before moving to Atlanta in 2004, Ms. Babb headed the Morgan Plus Investment Group of JPMorgan Private Bank in New York, the team that performs manager due diligence and reporting. In the 1990s, Ms. Babb was a capital markets specialist on the New York trading floor of JPMorgan Securities Inc. She began her Wall Street career in 1984 as a fixed income and derivatives specialist in New York and London with Merrill Lynch.
Ms. Babb holds an M.B.A. in Finance from New York University Stern School of Business and a B.A. in Economics from Princeton University. She is a member of the Board of Directors for the YMCA of Metropolitan Atlanta. She holds FINRA Series 7, 8, 24 and 63 licenses. In October 2004, Ms. Babb was named one of “The Nation’s Top 100 Wealth Advisors” by Worth Magazine.
Michael J. Larsen
Senior Managing Director
Michael Larsen is responsible for sales and marketing from our office in London. Prior to joining HMC in November 2004 he spent more than 24 years in the financial services industry in a variety of senior sales and management roles, with more than 15 years in Europe, including two years as Executive Director and Head of Sales and Marketing at a leading Swiss alternatives manager. Prior to that Michael was a Business Manager for Citigroup Asset Management, with responsibility for a number of markets. Michael’s career with Citigroup and Citicorp spanned 20 years, with positions in New York, Bahrain, London, Zurich, and Geneva. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Boston University. Michael is registered with the UK Financial Conduct Authority and holds his FINRA/NASD Series 7 and 63 licenses.
Richard F. Brereton, Jr.
Based in HMC’s New York office, Rich Brereton is a Managing Director and Co-head of sales and marketing in North America. Mr. Brereton joined HMC in 2011 from Boomerang Capital LLC, a hedge fund marketing partnership he joined in 2008. For the twelve years prior, he worked at Morgan Stanley, both in New York and London, rising to Managing Director and Chief Marketing Officer in its investment management division. Prior to that, he held various marketing, product management and client relationship positions in New York and London at Bankers Trust and JP Morgan. He has spent more than 20 years specializing in the global distribution of traditional and alternative investment products. Mr. Brereton received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Georgetown University in 1987 and he holds FINRA Series 7, 24 and 63 licenses.
Ryan M. Hughes
With offices in Dallas and Birmingham, Ryan Hughes is a Managing Director leading the sales and marketing efforts in the Southwest. Prior to joining HMC in 2015, Mr. Hughes was a Vice President with JP Morgan’s Private Bank where he co-managed a group in Dallas specializing in complex structured finance for ultra-high net worth private clients. Before moving to JP Morgan, Mr. Hughes worked for Goldman Sachs managing a structured finance underwriting portfolio in the Private Bank. Mr. Hughes began his career as a credit analyst with a large regional bank based in Texas.
Mr. Hughes received an M.B.A. from Southern Methodist University Cox School of Business and a B.B.A. in Finance from Texas Tech University. He holds FINRA Series 7 and 63 licenses. Mr. Hughes serves on the Board of MD Anderson Cancer Center Advance Team.