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Kelsey Deshler

Research head & portfolio manager,Credit Suisse Alternative Fund Solutions (AFS)

Kelsey Deshler has always had an appetite for travel. Her university course in Business and French involved a spell in France, and her first finance job involved a move from the Mid-West to the West Coast. “Most graduates went to work for local Fortune 500 firms but I wanted to move out of Minnesota,” she recalls. It was a boutique advisory and consulting firm called CTC, owned by US Trust, which provided the opportunity for Deshler to move to Portland, Oregon to become a junior research analyst. She was fortunate to find a helpful mentor in Kristi Hanson, who is now managing director of CTC. When US Trust was bought by Bank of America, CTC spun out via an MBO and 25 year old Deshler also made her own tracks – this time to the east coast and New York, where she spent just over four years at the General Motors pension fund, working alongside Kirsten Glantz, as well as the broader Absolute Return Strategies team. During this job Deshler went back to graduate school part-time, where she earned a Masters of Finance run jointly by NYU Stern and Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST). The degree afforded more opportunity for travel, this time to Asia. “The trips to Hong Kong and Beijing were helpful in building my understanding of the hedge fund universe in Asia where both micro and macro markets are very different,” Deshler recalls. She has fond memories of her 10 classmates on the course travelling together and doing homework on the plane. Her hectic travel schedule did not stop when she arrived at Credit Suisse (CS); indeed when THFJ visited her offices in New York City in June, she was just about to set off on a two-week trip to Asia.

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