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Executive Management Team

Jan F. van Eck

Chief Executive Officer, Van Eck Associates Corporation
Member of the Board of Directors of Van Eck Associates Corporation
Director and President, Van Eck Securities Corporation
President, CEO and Trustee, VanEck Funds and VIP Trusts
President, CEO and Trustee, VanEck Vectors ETF Trust
Jan F. van Eck

Mr. van Eck joined the Firm in 1992 and its Executive Management Team in 1998. He serves as the President, Chief Executive Officer and an owner of Van Eck Associates Corporation. Additionally, he is the President and CEO of Van Eck Securities Corporation. Furthermore, Mr. van Eck is a Trustee, the President and Chief Executive Officer of VanEck Vectors ETF Trust, VanEck Funds and VanEck VIP Trust.

Furthering VanEck’s mission to anticipate asset classes and trends, Mr. van Eck has created strategic beta, tactical allocation, emerging markets, and commodity-related investment strategies in mutual fund, ETF, and institutional formats. Mr. van Eck founded the Firm’s ETF business in 2006. One of the world’s largest ETF sponsors, the Firm offers ETFs, branded VanEck Vectors®, globally across equity and fixed income asset classes.

Mr. van Eck holds a JD from Stanford University and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Williams College with a major in Economics. He has registrations with the National Futures Association and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority. Mr. van Eck is a Director of the National Committee on United States-China Relations. He routinely appears on CNBC and Bloomberg Television, and was a 2013 Finalist for Institutional Investor's Fund Leader of the Year and a 2019 finalist for ETF.com’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

Jan F. van Eck

Kristen Capuano

Managing Director, Head of Marketing and Product Strategy
Kristen Capuano
Ms. Capuano joined VanEck in 2007. In 2018, she assumed the role of Managing Director, Head of Marketing and Product Strategy. Ms. Capuano is responsible for overseeing Content Strategy, Digital Marketing, Active Product, ETF Product and RFP/Client Reporting. Her responsibilities include marketing strategy and business planning across VanEck’s distribution channels. Previously, she served as Vice President, Head of Active Product. Ms. Capuano has over 15 years of marketing and product management within the financial services industry. Prior to joining VanEck, she held several marketing and product-related positions at ING Investment Management. Ms. Capuano received an MBA (Beta Gamma Sigma) from Quinnipiac University and earned a BS from the University of Connecticut.
Kristen Capuano

John Crimmins , CPA

Vice President, Chief Financial Officer (Funds and ETFs)
John Crimmins , CPA

Mr. Crimmins joined VanEck in 2009 as Vice President of Portfolio Administration. He is primarily responsible for overseeing portfolio accounting and administration. He also serves as Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer to the VanEck Funds, VanEck VIP Trust and VanEck Vectors ETF Trust. Prior to joining VanEck, Mr. Crimmins was the Chief Financial, Operating and Compliance Officer for Kern Capital Management LLC from 1997 to 2009 and the Vice President and Director of Mutual Fund Administration for Evergreen Investment Services from 1987 to 1997. Previously, Mr. Crimmins acted as Vice President and Controller for Pilgrim Group for three years and was in public accounting for six years. Mr. Crimmins is a Certified Public Accountant and received a BS in Accounting from St. John’s University.

John Crimmins , CPA

Michael Gozzillo

Chief Compliance Officer
Michael Gozzillo

Mr. Gozzillo joined VanEck in 2018. He serves as Chief Compliance Officer for Van Eck Associates Corporation, Van Eck Absolute Return Advisers Corporation, Van Eck Securities Corporation, VanEck Vectors ETF Trust, VanEck Funds and VanEck VIP Trust. Prior to joining VanEck, Mr. Gozzillo served as Chief Compliance Officer for City National Bank’s investment advisor, City National Rochdale, LLC as well as City National Rochdale Funds from 2012 until 2018. From 2008 to 2012, Mr. Gozzillo was employed with TIAA-CREF, serving as the Director and Compliance Officer for the mutual funds and Chief Compliance Officer of the Life Insurance Company Separate Accounts. Prior to 2008, he was the Chief Compliance Officer at Managers Investment Group LLC and held managerial positions at AMT Capital Services, Delaware Investments and The Vanguard Group. Mr. Gozzillo holds a BS in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix.

Michael Gozzillo

Adam Phillips

Managing Director, Chief Operating Officer (ETFs)
Adam Phillips

Mr. Phillips joined VanEck in 2006. In 2012, he assumed the role of Chief Operating Officer for the Firm’s ETF business. Mr. Phillips is responsible for corporate development and strategy, daily operations and relationships with key business contacts, including stock exchanges, regulators and industry groups. Prior to joining VanEck, Mr. Phillips was founder and managing member of LB Trading, LLC, a proprietary ETF trading firm on the American Stock Exchange. He also served as junior general partner and management committee member of Orbit II Partners, L.P., a proprietary trading firm specializing in equity options, index options and ETF market making. Mr. Phillips was member of the American Stock Exchange from 1996 through 2006 and an Amex Floor Official from 2001 to 2003. Mr. Phillips earned a BA in Economics and a BA in American Civilization from Lafayette College

Adam Phillips

Richard Potocki

Managing Director, Head of U.S. Distribution
Richard Potocki

Mr. Potocki joined VanEck in 2012 and oversees financial adviser and institutional sales across all product lines. Prior to joining VanEck, Mr. Potocki served as Director, National Sales Manager and Head of National Accounts at Russell ETFs. He also served on Russell's ETFs Operating Committee and Distribution Leadership Team. His previous experience includes roles as Managing Director and Partner at J. & W. Seligman where he served as National Sales Manager, Head of National Accounts, Member of Board of Directors of the Global Horizon and Spectrum Funds, and Head of Marketing. Mr. Potocki was responsible for the expansion of the Seligman brand overseas and opened offices in London, Buenos Aires and Hong Kong. Mr. Potocki holds a BA from Duke University.

Richard Potocki

Lee Rappaport, CPA

Vice President, Chief Financial Officer
Lee  Rappaport, CPA

Mr. Rappaport joined VanEck in 2012. He serves as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Van Eck Associates Corporation and its subsidiaries after previously serving as the Controller. Mr. Rappaport also serves as Van Eck Securities Corporation’s Financial and Operations Principal. Prior to joining VanEck, Mr. Rappaport was a manager at KPMG LLP. He is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). Mr. Rappaport holds a FINRA Series 27 license and received a BS in Accounting from University of Maryland, College Park.

Lee  Rappaport, CPA

Megan Rapple

Vice President, Global Head of Human Resources
Megan  Rapple

Ms. Rapple joined VanEck in 2015. She serves as Global Head of Human Resources for Van Eck Associates Corporation and is responsible for all aspects of Human Resources, including recruitment, employee relations, training, benefits and payroll. Prior to joining VanEck, Ms. Rapple was Assistant Vice President and Senior HR Generalist at Jennison from 2012 to 2015 and held various HR-related roles at Legg Mason from 2007 to 2012. Ms. Rapple earned a BS in Business Economics from the State University of New York at Cortland.

Megan  Rapple

Jonathan Simon

Senior Vice President, General Counsel
Jonathan Simon

Mr. Simon joined VanEck in 2006. He serves as Senior Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary for Van Eck Associates Corporation, Van Eck Securities Corporation and Van Eck Absolute Return Advisers Corporation. Prior to joining VanEck, he worked as corporate associate at Sidley Austin LLP, Carter Ledyard & Milburn LLP and Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP. Mr. Simon is a member of the New York State Bar. He holds a JD from Fordham University School of Law and earned a BS from Cornell University.

Jonathan Simon

John Wolfe

Chief Administrative Officer
John Wolfe

Mr. Wolfe joined VanEck in 2011. He serves as the Chief Administrative Officer and is primarily responsible for the complete cycle of the Firm’s information technology projects, performs portfolio risk reviews, and evaluates automated solutions for investment risk reporting. Mr. Wolfe served as an adviser to the Firm on a variety of projects including business infrastructure, product design and marketing issues, while working as a specialty consultant at his own firm for over 10 years. Prior to consulting, Mr. Wolfe worked at Deutsche Bank as Director of the Managed Funds Group from 1998 to 1999 and at Merrill Lynch for 21 years in a variety of roles including in Global Fixed Income, Commodities, Derivatives, Foreign Exchange, and Global Equities. Mr. Wolfe holds a BA in Liberal Arts from Lawrence University, Appleton, Wisconsin.

John Wolfe

Board Members

Jan F. van Eck

Chief Executive Officer, Van Eck Associates Corporation
Member of the Board of Directors of Van Eck Associates Corporation
Director and President, Van Eck Securities Corporation
President, CEO and Trustee, VanEck Funds and VIP Trusts
President, CEO and Trustee, VanEck Vectors ETF Trust

Mr. van Eck joined the Firm in 1992 and its Executive Management Team in 1998. He serves as the President, Chief Executive Officer and an owner of Van Eck Associates Corporation. Additionally, he is the President and CEO of Van Eck Securities Corporation. Furthermore, Mr. van Eck is a Trustee, the President and Chief Executive Officer of VanEck Vectors ETF Trust, VanEck Funds and VanEck VIP Trust.

Furthering VanEck’s mission to anticipate asset classes and trends, Mr. van Eck has created strategic beta, tactical allocation, emerging markets, and commodity-related investment strategies in mutual fund, ETF, and institutional formats. Mr. van Eck founded the Firm’s ETF business in 2006. One of the world’s largest ETF sponsors, the Firm offers ETFs, branded VanEck Vectors®, globally across equity and fixed income asset classes.

Mr. van Eck holds a JD from Stanford University and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Williams College with a major in Economics. He has registrations with the National Futures Association and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority. Mr. van Eck is a Director of the National Committee on United States-China Relations. He routinely appears on CNBC and Bloomberg Television, and was a 2013 Finalist for Institutional Investor's Fund Leader of the Year and a 2019 finalist for ETF.com’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

Bruce Smith

Member of the Board of Directors of Van Eck Associates Corporation
Senior Advisor for Strategic Initiatives, VanEck
  • Joined VanEck in 1983.
  • Director of various VanEck related entities including Van Eck Associates Corporation, Van Eck Securities Corporation, Van Eck Absolute Return Advisers Corporation and VanEck Asset Management B.V.
  • Served as Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer of Van Eck Associates Corporation, Van Eck Securities Corporation and Van Eck Absolute Return Advisers Corporation until July 2018.
  • Prior to joining VanEck, CPA at McGladrey & Pullen.
  • Member of American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants (NYSSCPA).
  • CPA, 1980; BS, Accounting, Fordham University, 1977.

Robert R. Grusky

Member of the Board of Directors of Van Eck Associates Corporation
  • Since 2000, Founder and Managing Member of Hope Capital Management, LLC, an investment manager.
  • In 2000, co-founded New Mountain Capital, LLC, an investment manager. Was a Principal and Managing Director from 2000 to 2005, Senior Advisor since 2005.
  • In 1997, joined Honorable Ronald S. Lauder as Senior Advisor and Chief of Staff. In 1998, named President of RSL Investments Corporation.
  • In 1990, appointed White House Fellow by President Bush. Served as Assistant for Special Projects to Secretary of Defense Cheney.
  • In 1985, joined Goldman, Sachs & Co. as a member of its Mergers and Acquisitions Department. In 1989, named Vice President. In 1993, transferred to the Principal Investment Area (PIA).
  • From 1979 to 1983, was with Continental Illinois National Bank and Trust Company of Chicago, rising to Second Vice President in the U.S. Banking Department.
  • Member of Board of Directors of AutoNation, Inc. (NYSE: AN) and Strayer Education, Inc. (NASDAQ: STRA).
  • MA, Business Administration (with distinction), Harvard Business School, 1985; BA (cum laude and with honors in history), Union College, 1979.

William A. Ullman

Member of the Board of Directors of Van Eck Associates Corporation
  • 2019 - present: Host of "Squashing the Market" podcast, Founder of The Daily FinQ, an app/game to improve financial literacy and advisor to various FinTech companies.
  • 2015 - 2018, Chief Commercial Officer of Orchard Platform, leading fintech company focused on data, analytics and loan sales; CEO of its broker-dealer subsidiary, Orchard Platform Markets LLC (Orchard sold to Kabbage Inc.).
  • From 2006 to 2015, founder/principal of Right Wall Capital Management LLC; investing in the financial services sector and advising selected clients.
  • From 2001 to 2006, Senior Managing Director, Global Clearing Services Department, Bear Stearns. Managed top client relationship and global capital introduction groups; strategic planning and investments.
  • From 1997 to 2001, Managing Director/Senior Managing Director, Bear Stearns' Financial Institutions Group/Investment Banking Department. Managed corporate finance practice for asset managers, broker-dealers and fin-tech companies.
  • 1989 - 1997, Merrill Lynch Investment Banking, Financial Institutions Group; Vice President, London (1993-96), helped build European Financial Institutions Group practice.
  • Board Member, Capital Returns Ltd. (insurance sector focused hedge fund); former Trustee and Chairman of the Board of the Hoff Barthelson Music School, Scarsdale, NY.
  • MBA, UCLA Anderson School of Management, 1989; AB, History (cum laude), Princeton University, 1985.