About World Asset Management
At World Asset ManagementSM, our team-based approach is the foundation for providing successful solutions.
Michael W. Malone
President and CEO
Mr. Malone is Chairman of the Board, President, and CEO of World Asset Management. Mr. Malone joined Comerica in 2014 as the President and CEO of Comerica Securities, an affiliate of World Asset Management and subsidiary of Comerica Bank, and continues to serve in that capacity with Comerica. Prior to joining Comerica, he served as Managing Director and National Branch Director in the New York Office of JP Morgan Securities. Mr. Malone has over 30 years of financial services experience that began as a Financial Consultant with Shearson Lehman Brothers in Dayton, Ohio. Since then, he has served in management positions of increasing scope and responsibility at both Smith Barney and Morgan Stanley in Ohio, Florida, and Illinois.
Michael holds a Bachelors degree in Management from Capital University in Columbus, Ohio and received his Masters degree from the American College in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In addition, he is Series 7, 8, 24, 63 and 65 FINRA licensed.
Peter A. Sorrentino
Chief Investment Officer, World Asset Management, Inc.
Mr. Sorrentino is the Chief Investment Officer of World. He is also the Chief Investment Officer of Comerica Asset Management Group which includes World and Comerica Asset Management. Mr. Sorrentino is responsible for the group’s passive and active investment strategies, alternative investments and new products. In addition, Mr. Sorrentino is the Chairman of the Comerica Investment Policy Committee, the governing body responsible for establishing the company’s asset allocation policies as well as Comerica Asset Management’s primary spokesperson in the national media on investment philosophy, asset allocation, market sector analysis and other market matters.
Prior to joining Comerica and World in 2017, Mr. Sorrentino served as senior vice president and senior portfolio manager for Huntington Asset Advisors. There, he was lead portfolio manager for the Huntington Real Strategies Fund, Huntington VA Real Strategies Fund and the Huntington Disciplined Equity Fund. Other responsibilities at Huntington included managing individual customer portfolios, option strategies and alternative investments. Over his 36 years of service in the investment arena, he has held positions with Bank One Ohio Trust Company, Star Bank and Bartlett & Co. LLC, the latter for which he served as chief investment officer.
Mr. Sorrentino received his Bachelor’s degree in Finance and Accounting from University of Cincinnati College of Business. Mr. Sorrentino is a Chartered Financial Analyst charter holder, a member of the Chartered Financial Analyst Institute, CFA Society Cincinnati, OH.
Laura S. Armstrong, CFA, CFP®
Manager, Securities & Comerica Asset Management Group Administration
Laura has over a decade of investment experience working in several prominent registered investment advisor firms in southeast Michigan. Most recently, Laura worked as a Portfolio Manager for Portfolio Solutions® and as an Investment Analyst for Telemus Capital Partners.
Laura received her Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Michigan – Dearborn and a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Eastern Michigan University. Laura is a Chartered Financial Analyst® (CFA®) charterholder and a member of the Chartered Financial Analyst Institute and the Chartered Financial Analyst Society of Detroit. She also holds a Certified Financial Planner™ designation and serves on the Financial Planning Association® (FPA®) of Michigan Membership/Career Development Committee is a series 7,63, and 65 licensee.
Senior Client Account Manager
Kelly is responsible for marketing and client servicing functions at World Asset Management. Marketing responsibilities include the development of presentation materials and the implementation of all promotional materials for World Asset Management. Kelly is also responsible for supporting and enhancing relationships with clients, consultants and other investment management firms where World Asset Management acts in a sub-investment advisor capacity. Kelly joined World Asset in 1998. Kelly received a B.S. in marketing from Madonna University.
Director - Domestic Equity
Mr. Lessnau is a member of the Domestic Investment Management Team and is responsible for the trading and management of the domestic equity index products. Eric is responsible for the customization, development and oversight of domestic equity products based on client specific needs and requirements. Eric began his career with Comerica Bank in 2000 as an Investment Bank Analyst in Institutional Trust. In 2003 he moved to Comerica Securities, Inc. where he was a Senior Analyst in Institutional Sales Operations. Eric joined World Asset Management in January 2008. Eric has a B.S. in corporate finance from Central Michigan University and an M.S.F. from Walsh College.
Portfolio Manager - International Equity
Kevin is a Portfolio Manager with the International Investment Management Team, providing analytical and trading support for the international equity funds. Kevin began his career with Comerica Bank in 2003 as an Investment Bank Analyst in Trust Operations. During his career in Operations, Kevin worked as a Collective Fund Accountant, Senior Analyst in the Money Market Operations Unit, and managed the Fund Accounting Unit. Kevin has a B.B.A. and M.S.F from Walsh College.
Michael Mikha, CFA
Portfolio Manager - Domestic Equity
Michael is a Portfolio Manager with the Domestic Equities Management Team. Michael is responsible for the cash management and day-to-day trading of the equity funds managed by the team. Michael began his career with Comerica Bank in 2003 as a Senior Financial Analyst in the Fraud Services/Audit department. He has also held positions within Comerica’s Controller department and Comerica Securities, Inc. as Special Projects Officer and Financial Analysis & Reporting Specialist respectively. Michael joined Comerica Asset Management Group in 2008 where he last held the position of Head Trader for the Central Trading Desk. He joined World Asset Management in June of 2014. Michael holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from The University of Windsor, Ontario. He holds the Chartered Financial Analyst®designation and holds series 7, 66, and 27 FINRA licenses.