Evercore Trust Names New Executives

Ciara Burnham and William Ryan have been appointed chief executive and chief fiduciary officer, respectively, of fiduciary services provider Evercore Trust Company (ETC).

They succeed Charles Wert and Norman Goldberg, who will become vice chairmen of Evercore Trust Company, effective July 1.

Burnham will succeed Wert as the president and CEO. Currently a senior managing director and the head of strategy and corporate development at Evercore Partners, she will bring more than 20 years of experience in financial transaction advisory services and investment management to her new roles.

As a member of Evercore Partners’ senior leadership since the firm’s early history, Burnham has played a leadership role in the launch and development of many of the firm’s businesses, including its acquisition of Evercore Trust Company’s special fiduciary services division in 2009. She has worked closely with ETC and its management team since then.

Ryan, who most recently served as executive director, legal and compliance, and head of Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) Law at Morgan Stanley, has been advising clients and institutions on ERISA-related legal issues for more than 25 years. He is an active participant in industry associations and a frequent speaker and writer on ERISA topics.