Walter Donovan ’85


Walter Donovan ’85, appointed to the Board of Trustees in 2011, is the chief investment officer and senior managing director of Putnam Investments in Boston.

Donovan graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy and then double-majored in history and political science, and also played football, at Amherst. He began his finance career as a municipal bond trader and underwriter for the investment bank now known as Salomon Brothers before he moved on to Merrill Lynch Capital Markets, where he was a director on the corporate debt trading desk. Starting in 1995, he held a series of important positions at Fidelity Investments, ultimately becoming president of its Equity Division in 2007. He joined Putnam as CIO two years later.

Author of Book on U.S. Economy, Three Amherst College Alumni in Finance to Discuss the Financial Crisis Feb. 11

January 22, 2010                                                      

AMHERST, Mass.—On Thursday, Feb. 11, at 8 p.m. in Cole Assembly Room of Amherst College’s Converse Hall, the school will host a panel discussion on the causes, consequences and lessons of the financial crisis with three prominent alumni in finance, as well as Robert Pozen, chairman of MFS Investment Management and author of Too Big to Save? How to Fix the U.S. Financial System.