Head of Credit Strategies & Business Development
RBC Wealth Management – U.S.
As Head of Credit Strategies & Business Development, Kristen Kimmell is the point person on several key RBC Wealth Management – U.S. business initiatives. She leads the firm’s credit strategies, fixed income and marketing groups and is the business liaison for staff and functional groups supporting the firm’s platform. By leveraging the resources of her various teams, Kimmell works with firm leadership to convert business performance into growth. A vocal advocate of women in the workplace, Kimmell also works closely with the firm’s global head of diversity and human resources to recruit and retain diverse talent in both the advisor and corporate ranks.
Kimmell began her career in the financial services industry as a financial accountant with Marquette Bancshares in 1993. She joined the firm in 1995 and has held numerous positions including staff accountant, accounting supervisor and fixed income accounting manager. In 2006, she was promoted to director of financial reporting and administration for RBC Capital Markets. Kimmell was named director of strategic finance in 2008 where she oversaw all financial aspects of PCG including compensation. She became the chief of staff in 2010.
She was named Co-Executive Sponsor of the Women’s Association of Financial Advisors (WAFA) in September 2012. In this role, she provides input and leadership to WAFA on their goals of recruiting and retaining female financial advisors (FAs) and branch directors (BDs) along with enhancing FA productivity. In the community, Kimmell is a board member of the Tubman Center, which promotes safe and healthy individuals and families through education and support services. She also sits on the board of the Greater Minneapolis Crisis Nursery and the industry association SIFMA Foundation Board.
She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and Business Administration from Jamestown University.