Managing Partner & CIO
Max’s leadership style – carefully cultivating intellectual friction alongside truly constructive engagement – has made it possible for a group of talented, spirited individuals to come together and thrive as a team.
Max Darnell has served as First Quadrant’s Managing Partner since 2012, and
Chief Investment Officer since 2002. Max is responsible for setting the strategic
direction of the firm and for overseeing the firm’s investment products with
emphasis on strategic research and development initiatives. Max began his
career at First Quadrant in 1991, managing derivatives research throughout the
decade. In 2000 he was named Director of Research. Max earned a Master’s
degree in Economics from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1991.