Heather Brilliant, CFA

Heather Brilliant, CFA, is chair of the CFA Institute Board of Governors and past chair of CFA Society Chicago. Most recently she was managing director, chief executive officer, Americas, and acting chief operating officer at First State Investments and has worked in the industry for over 20 years. Previously, Ms. Brilliant served as chief executive officer of Morningstar Australasia, where she devised and drove various initiatives based on functional and local market priorities. She also led the equity and corporate credit research teams at Morningstar. In addition, Ms. Brilliant spent several years as an equity research analyst for Coghill Capital Management and Driehaus Capital Management. She started her finance career at Bank of America as a corporate finance analyst covering the auto industry. Ms. Brilliant earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Northwestern University and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.