According to an internal memo, Fickinger’s responsibilities as head of Financial Advisor Strategy include:
- Driving strategic initiatives around adviser and team practices
- Leading the Practice Management Development program (PMD) and the Practice Management Consulting Group (PMCG)
- Supervising the career development of new-hires to each group
- Assess the impact of potential regulatory reform on the firm’s overall Financial Advisor Strategy and ensure any necessary changes are implemented
He will report to both John Hogarty, chief operating officer, Global Wealth & Investment Management, and Lyle LaMothe, head of U.S. Wealth Management. He will also serve as a member of the USWM Executive Committee.
Fickinger has been with Merrill Lynch for 24 years. Currently, he is the managing director for the New Jersey Region, and he will remain in this role until a successor is found. He also was first vice president, head of Business Development – Investor Strategies Group in New York City and head of Financial Planning in Princeton.