Wells Fargo Investment Institute Appoints Audrey Kaplan Head of Global Equity Strategy

Fargo Investment Institute (WFII) today announces the appointment of
Audrey Kaplan as head of global equity strategy, based in New York.

Kaplan will establish investment strategy for global equities for WFII,
which is comprised of more than 120 strategists and analysts focused on
investment strategy, asset allocation, manager research, portfolio
management, options strategy and alternative investments. The equity
strategy she sets will be used by the investment professionals working
on behalf of individual and institutional clients with $1.9 trillion in
assets under management through Wells Fargo Wealth and Investment (WIM)
business units: Abbot Downing, Institutional Retirement and Trust, Wells
Fargo Advisors, Wells Fargo Asset Management, Wealth Management and
WFII. She also will establish the equity strategy methodology, drive
investment thought leadership and communicate equity strategy to
internal leaders, investment professionals, and clients, as well as the

Kaplan joins Wells Fargo with more than 25 years of global investment
industry experience focused on equity research, quantitative analysis
and portfolio strategy in global and domestic markets. Most recently,
she led the international equities portfolio management and research
team at Federated Investors, Inc.

“The addition of Audrey Kaplan significantly fortifies our ability to
continue to deliver the highest quality investment expertise to help our
clients succeed financially,” said Darrell Cronk, president of WFII and
chief investment officer of WIM.

Paul Christopher, head of global market strategy for WFII, said,
“Audrey’s breadth of industry expertise — rooted in her investment
leadership roles in European and Asian markets — make her uniquely
qualified to enhance and galvanize our global equities capabilities. I’m
delighted that we’re bringing on a leader of the highest caliber for
this integral role in helping lead our already deep bench of talented
equity strategy team members who provide timely advice and proprietary
research to our clients when they need it the most.”

Previously, Kaplan led Rochdale Investment Management’s quantitative
research group. She also performed hedge fund strategy consulting with
BlueCrest Capital Management in London, European quantitative strategy
for Merrill Lynch in London, global emerging markets research with
Robert Fleming in London, and equity, fixed income and derivatives
analysis with Salomon Brothers in Tokyo and New York. She earned a
bachelor of science degree in computer and systems engineering from
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a master’s degree in finance from
London Business School.

About Wells Fargo

Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a diversified, community-based
financial services company with $1.9 trillion in assets. Wells Fargo’s
vision is to satisfy our customers’ financial needs and help them
succeed financially. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco,
Wells Fargo provides banking, investments, mortgage, and consumer and
commercial finance through 8,200 locations, 13,000 ATMs, the internet
(wellsfargo.com) and mobile banking, and has offices in 42 countries and
territories to support customers who conduct business in the global
economy. With approximately 265,000 team members, Wells Fargo serves one
in three households in the United States. Wells Fargo & Company was
ranked No. 25 on Fortune’s 2017 rankings of America’s largest
corporations. News, insights and perspectives from Wells Fargo are also
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About Wells Fargo Investment Institute

Fargo Investment Institute (WFII) is a registered investment adviser
and wholly owned subsidiary of Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., a bank affiliate
of Wells Fargo & Company, providing investment research, strategy,
manager research and thought leadership within the Wealth and Investment
Management division (WIM), with the goal of supplying world class advice
to the company’s financial and wealth advisers.

Wells Fargo Investment Institute, Inc. (“WFII”) is a registered
investment adviser and wholly owned subsidiary of Wells Fargo Bank,
N.A., a bank affiliate of Wells Fargo & Company.

Abbot Downing provides products and services through Wells Fargo Bank,
N.A. and its various affiliates and subsidiaries.

Wells Fargo Institutional Retirement & Trust is a business unit of Wells
Fargo Bank, N.A., a bank affiliate of Wells Fargo & Company.

Wells Fargo Wealth and Investment Management, a division within the
Wells Fargo & Company enterprise, provides financial products and
services through bank and brokerage affiliates of Wells Fargo & Company.

Wells Fargo Advisors is registered with the U.S. Securities and Exchange
Commission and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, but is not
licensed or registered with any financial services regulatory authority
outside of the U.S. Non-U.S. residents who maintain U.S.-based financial
services account(s) with Wells Fargo Advisors may not be afforded
certain protections conferred by legislation and regulations in their
country of residence in respect of any investments, investment
transactions or communications made with Wells Fargo Advisors.

Wells Fargo Asset Management (WFAM) is a trade name used by the asset
management businesses of Wells Fargo & Company. Wells Fargo Funds
Management, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Wells Fargo & Company,
provides investment advisory and administrative services for Wells Fargo
Funds. Other affiliates of Wells Fargo & Company provide subadvisory and
other services for the funds. The funds are distributed by Wells Fargo
Funds Distributor, LLC, Member FINRA, an affiliate of Wells Fargo &

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