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Fiduciary Trust International Names New York Office MD, National Fiduciary Counsel

Editorial Staff May 25, 2023


The business has appointed two senior women to roles at the firm's operations.

Fiduciary Trust International, has appointed two senior figures – a new MD responsible for its New York office and a national fiduciary counsel.

The firm, a subsidiary of Franklin Templeton, has named Anne Fitzpatrick Donahue as its new regional managing director responsible for the New York office. Paulina Mejia, who previously managed the office, will move to a new role as national fiduciary counsel, where she will serve the firm’s largest clients, as well as clients with the most complex needs. Mejia will report to Gail E Cohen, chair of Fiduciary Trust International’s board of directors and general trust counsel, and will also be responsible for attorney outreach.

“Paulina is an outstanding attorney and leader who understands the nuances involved in servicing ultra-highnet worth clients and families with assets and businesses in multiple countries,” Cohen said.

Donahue will, meanwhile, report to Gene Todd, executive vice president and head of regional markets. She was most recently senior managing director at Northern Trust, where she was based in the firm’s New York and Connecticut offices and led one of its two Greater New York teams. Before Northern Trust, Donahue was senior vice president and regional manager of People’s United Bank in New York. Earlier in her career, Donahue served as senior vice president and market leader for US Bank, where she headed the launch of US Bank Private Wealth Management in the Tri-State Area.

Donahue, a Certified Financial Planner™, received her MBA in international finance and economics from New York University and her BA in economics and French from Providence College. She serves on the board of trustees for The Heisman® Trophy Trust, and is a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity. 

Mejia also serves on Fiduciary Trust Company of Delaware’s board, she is a member of the American Bar Association’s Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law, and is co-vice chair of the Emotional & Psychological Issues in Estate Planning Committee of the Non-Tax Estate Planning Considerations Group. 

The firm has more than $87 billion in assets under management and administration as of December 31, 2022.

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