Executive CommitteeAbout Us

Chris Thompson

Chris Thompson

Chris Thompson is interim US CEO and head of distribution for Aegon Asset Management US.

Kirk Buese, CFA

Kirk Buese, CFA

Chief Investment Officer

Kirk Buese is responsible for the firm’s investment process and performance, and oversees public and private fixed income portfolio management, alternative funds, and investment and macro research. Kirk has 32 years of industry experience and has been with the firm and its affiliates since 1987. Kirk received his BS in mechanical engineering from Vanderbilt University and his MBA from Indiana University.

Scott Coté

Scott Coté

Co-Head of Aegon Real Assets US

Scott Coté was named co-head of Aegon Real Assets US in 2016 and jointly leads the day-to-day business activities. He has 33 years of industry experience and has been with the firm since 1997. He received his BA and MBA from Baylor University.

Christoph Gabler

Christoph Gabler

Co-Head of Aegon Real Assets US

Christoph Gabler was named Co-Head of Aegon Real Assets US in 2016 and jointly leads the day-to-day business activities. Christoph has 32 years of industry experience and has been with the firm since 2000. He received his BA in economics from Tufts University and MBA from Boston College.

Darlene Greene

Darlene Greene

Head of Human Resources

Darlene Greene is responsible for the human resource programs and people initiatives for the US. She has 38 years of experience in the industry and has been with the firm and its affiliates since 2012. Darlene attended Sinclair College and is an active member of Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).

Stephanie Phelps

Stephanie Phelps

Chief Financial Officer

In her role as CFO, Stephanie Phelps is responsible overseeing Operations, IT, and Finance functions. She joined the firm and its affiliates in 1990. Stephanie received her BA in business from the University of Iowa.

Jim Schaeffer

Jim Schaeffer

Deputy Chief Investment Officer and Co-Head of Public Fixed Income

Jim Schaeffer is responsible for shaping the strategic direction of the investment team. He also serves as co-head of public fixed income and a portfolio manager for the US and global high yield, bank loans, distressed assets and core plus strategies and provides managerial oversight over emerging markets. He has 24 years of industry experience and has been with the firm since 2004. He received his BS in finance from Miami (Ohio) University and his MBA from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.

Doug Weih, CFA

Doug Weih, CFA

Co-Head of Public Fixed Income

Doug Weih, CFA, is co-head of public fixed Income. He is also a portfolio manager with responsibilities across a broad range of structured finance and investment grade fixed income strategies. Doug has 25 years of industry experience and has been with the firm and its affiliates since 2000. Doug received his BA in economics and his MBA in finance from the University of Iowa. He is a CFA charterholder.

Richard Wirth, JD, LL.M

Richard Wirth, JD, LL.M

Head of Legal and General Counsel

Richard Wirth oversees all US corporate legal, regulatory, and litigation matters impacting the organization. He has 36 years of industry experience and has been with the firm and its affiliates since 2012. He received his BA in psychology from Binghamton University, his LL.M in insurance law from the University of Connecticut, and his JD from Cardozo School of Law.