The Collingwood Group has appointed of Mary Lou Christy as senior vice president. Before Collingwood, Christy was senior vice president of investor relations for Fannie Mae. In her 24-year career at the GSE, she also led the MBS trading desk, and was vice president of sales and marketing in the southwestern region.

At Fannie Mae, Christy built the investor strategy to expand equity ownership globally at a time when the agency faced a major credit crisis. She helped lead the GSE through several years of financial restatement, and executive management and board of directors turnover.

Before her stint at Fannie Mae, Christy opened a three-state region for PMI Mortgage Insurance Co., and held several secondary marketing positions with large banks.

Christy's focus and expertise include advising clients on ways to develop new business, expanding equity ownership, creating transparent market disclosures, building high-performance marketing teams, and assisting executives on ways to communicate during financial, regulatory, and economic crises, according to a release from Collingwood. 

"We are delighted to have Mary Lou Christy join The Collingwood Group team," said Brian O'Reilly, president and managing director of The Collingwood Group. "Her experience will be invaluable as we seek to increase the range and depth of services that we provide our clients. She will play an important role in the firm's growing practice in support of private equity firms and hedge funds that seek assistance from proven industry professionals with Washington experience."

"I am excited to join The Collingwood Group," Christy said. "This is an extraordinary opportunity to help clients succeed amidst the historic business and regulatory changes of the new decade."

Collingwood offers advisory services and business development opportunities along with access to financial sponsors and senior industry executives, among others. The firm's core focus is set on helping firms and buy-siders in the financial services industry.

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