Robert G. Hagstrom, CFA, joined EquityCompass as a senior portfolio manager in 2014 and launched the Global Leaders Portfolio that same year. He serves as chair of the Investment Management Committee for Stifel Asset Management. Hagstrom has more than 30 years of investment experience. Prior to joining EquityCompass, he was the chief investment strategist of Legg Mason Investment Counsel, and before that the portfolio manager of the growth equity strategy at Legg Mason Capital Management where he managed over $7 billion in assets. Hagstrom was the recipient of “Honorable Mention” as Morningstar’s US Equity Manager of the Year in 2007. He has also served as president and chief investment officer of Legg Mason Focus Capital, general partner of Focus Capital Advisory, and principal at Lloyd, Leith & Sawin. Hagstrom is the author of nine investment books, including the New York Times bestseller The Warren Buffett Way. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Villanova University and is a member of CFA Institute and the CFA Society of Philadelphia.
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