Former Merrill Executive Fickinger Turns Up at BNY Mellon
Thomas A. Fickinger, the former head of Merrill Lynch’s Pacific Northwest division, has resurfaced after a summer hiatus, as head of BNY Mellon Wealth Management’s San Francisco region.
Fickinger, who had spent his 30-year brokerage career with Merrill, lost his post in March when Merrill under new wealth head Andy Sieg trimmed its regions to six from 10. He officially resigned from Merrill in May, according to his BrokerCheck history.
“We are pleased to add such a seasoned wealth management leader to our San Francisco office”, Robert Kricena, president of Northwest markets at BNY Mellon, said in a statement issued on Thursday.
BNY Mellon Wealth Management, a subsidiary of the bank company that also owns the Pershing clearing business, oversees $216 billion of client assets in its private banking business, according to the release.
Fickinger did not return a request for comment.
At Merrill, he oversaw branches with more than 1,350 advisors who produced over $1.5 billion in annual revenue throughout northern California, Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon and Washington, according to his LinkedIn profile.
“I look at my job as being a ‘connector,’” he wrote on the profile, saying his Merrill role focused on “bringing the depth and breadth of enterprise to our advisors.”
Before Merrill deployed him to the Pacific Northwest, Fickinger supervised its three-year advisor training program, Practice Management Development, as head of financial advisory strategy. He also has served as a regional managing director for New Jersey and as a complex director there and in New York.