Chief Operating Officer
Jim Mannix has been at Perceptive since 2006, where he manages the business operations. He has 23 years of experience as a COO, trader and portfolio manager in the equity, options, futures and debt markets. Before joining Perceptive, Jim was COO and Head Trader of the Medici Healthcare Fund, a healthcare sector specific hedge fund that he helped launch. Prior to Medici, he worked as a Portfolio Manager for ETG, LLC, where he managed long and short U.S. equities and options. Prior, he worked at Lehman Brothers as both an equity and debt trader. He graduated with a B.A. from Boston College.
Chief Financial Officer
Peter Fierro joined Perceptive in 2007 and is responsible for all aspects of the funds’ accounting. Prior to joining Perceptive, he was a manager at Rothstein, Kass & Co., P.C. (now KPMG LLP) and BISYS-RK Alternative Investment Services, Inc. (now SS&C Globe Op) where he gained 7 years’ experience auditing and administering various hedge fund portfolios. Peter graduated with highest honors from Rutgers University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting. He is a certified public accountant, and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants (NJSCPA).
Chief Compliance Officer
Alexander Rakitin is the Chief Compliance Officer. Prior to joining Perceptive in 2017, Mr. Rakitin was a Senior Compliance Officer responsible for all aspects of the compliance program for the Ventures and Private Investments divisions at Two Sigma Investments where he worked since 2012. Prior to taking on those responsibilities at Two Sigma, Alex was responsible for the firm’s Core Compliance program as well as the compliance program for marketing and investor communications across the Asia-Pacific region. Before joining Two Sigma, Alex worked at Owl Creek Asset Management and GlobeOp Investor Services while pursuing a Law Degree at New York Law School. He graduated from Brooklyn College with a B.S. degree and is a member of the New York State Bar Association.
Director of Investor Relations & Marketing
Patrick Morrow is the Director of Investor Relations & Marketing. Prior to joining Perceptive in 2017, Patrick was Vice President in the Private Capital Group at Jefferies LLC which raised over $13 billion of institutional capital for private equity funds and private financings during his tenure. Previously, he was an Investment Banking Analyst in the Recapitalization & Restructuring Group at Jefferies LLC. Mr. Morrow graduated from The Ohio State University with a B.A. in International Studies focusing on World Economy & Business.
Samuel Cohn is responsible for managing the financial operations for the credit fund, and assists in this area across the firm. Samuel joined Perceptive in 2016 from Fortress Investment Group where he was a Senior Accountant working on the Fortress Credit Opportunities Funds. Prior to that, he was an associate at Deloitte LLP focused on the audits of private equity funds. Samuel received a BA from Fairleigh Dickinson University, an MBA from Rutgers Business School and is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in the State of New York.
Steven Berger joined Perceptive in 2006 as Operations Manager. Prior to this, Steve worked at First New York Securities, LLC as both a Senior Operations Representative and an operations Manager from 1992 to 2006. Prior Mr. Berger was an Operations Manager with Dean Witter Reynolds for six years. Steven received an Associate’s Degree in Business Administration from Kingsborough Community College.
Investor Relations & Administration
Louisa Rivera has been at Perceptive since 2004, assisting the Portfolio Manager and COO in the day-to-day business operations. Prior to this she was Administrative Manager for Josephson, Luxenberg & Kance, P.C., CPA. Louisa also worked at Lehman Brothers as an Executive Assistant in the Investment Banking Division. Ms. Rivera attended LaGuardia College where she majored in Business Administration.
Allison Schnurmacher joined the Perceptive team in 2015, providing administrative support to the Chief Investment Officer and Senior Analysts in day-to-day business operations. Prior to this, she was an Event Coordinator for NYC based hospitality company The Line Group. Allison attended Indiana University where she majored in Tourism, Hospitality, and Event Management.
Brooke Becker started at Perceptive in February 2016. She is responsible for all receptionist duties and keeping our office up and running on a daily basis. Brooke attended The University of Texas at San Antonio, where she majored in Communications.