Senior Management


Ronald J. Kruszewski

Ronald J. Kruszewski

Ronald J. Kruszewski is Chairman of the Board of Directors of Stifel Financial Corp. and Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Incorporated.  He joined the firm as Chief Executive Officer in September 1997.

Mr. Kruszewski serves on the Board of Directors of the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA) and the American Securities Association (ASA).  He was reappointed by the St. Louis Federal Reserve Board of Directors to serve a one-year term on the Federal Advisory Council for 2018.  Additionally, he serves on the Board of Trustees for Saint Louis University and the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Team Foundation.

Active in community affairs, Mr. Kruszewski serves as Chairman of Downtown Now! and as a member of the Board of Directors of the St. Louis Regional Chamber.  He is also past Chairman of the Board of Directors of Downtown St. Louis Partnership, Inc. and past non-executive Chairman of the Board of Directors of Angelica Corporation.  Mr. Kruszewski is a member of the Regional Business Council in St. Louis and of the St. Louis Chapter of World Presidents’ Organization.


Thomas Weisel

Thomas Weisel

Thomas W. Weisel is Co-Chairman of Stifel Financial Corp. Previously Mr. Weisel was Chairman and CEO of Thomas Weisel Partners Group, Inc., a firm he founded in 1998. Mr. Weisel has been on the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Team Foundation Board since 1977 and was the Chairman from 1983 through 1994. He has been Chairman of the USA Cycling Foundation Board since its founding in 2000.

Mr. Weisel currently serves on the Board of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Previously, he served on the boards of NASDAQ, Stanford Endowment Management Board, and Harvard Business School Advisory Board. Mr. Weisel graduated from Stanford University with distinction and honors in Economics and obtained his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.


Victor J. Nesi

Victor J. Nesi

Mr. Nesi joined Stifel Nicolaus in 2009 and is Co-Director of Institutional Group. Mr. Nesi is a member of the Board of Directors of Stifel Financial Corp. In his twenty year investment banking career, Victor has worked closely with clients on strategic advisory projects totaling in excess of $200 billion including exclusive sales, cross-industry mergers, restructurings, and domestic and cross border acquisitions. On the financing side, Victor has advised clients on investment grade and non-investment grade debt, as well as on numerous equity and equity-linked transactions, including the then largest IPO in US history, the AT&T $10.6 billion letter stock carve-out of AT&T Wireless.

Before joining Stifel Nicolaus, Mr. Nesi was a Senior Vice President of Merrill Lynch and Global Head of the Technology, Telecommunications and Media Industries Group within Merrill Lynch Global Private Equity. Immediately prior to joining the group in 2007, Mr. Nesi was the Head of Americas Investment Banking at Merrill Lynch with responsibility for the firm's investment banking origination activities for corporate, financial and sovereign clients in the U.S., Canada and Latin America. Before assuming this role in March 2005, Mr. Nesi was head of the Telecom & Media Investment Banking Group, with responsibility for Merrill Lynch's investment banking activities in those sectors.

Prior to joining Merrill Lynch in 1996, Victor spent seven years as an investment banker at Salomon Brothers Inc and Goldman Sachs. Prior to becoming an investment banker, Victor practiced corporate and securities law for four years with the law firm of Shea & Gould.

Victor received a BA from Georgetown University in 1982 and a JD from Georgetown University Law School in 1985. He resides in Fairfield, CT with his wife, Denise, and six children, Andrew, Jacqueline, Eric, Sarah, Alexandra and Margaret.