Mike Hanson 

Damian Ornani


Chief Executive Officer

Damian Ornani is the Chief Executive Officer of Fisher Investments—a role he has held since 2016. As CEO, Damian directs the firm’s day-to-day operations and oversees its four primary business units: US Private Client, Institutional, Private Client International and 401(k) Solutions.

Damian started at Fisher Investments in 1997 and has held a variety of roles since. From 2005 to 2012, he served as Co-President and from 2012 to 2016 as President of Client Acquisition and Service.  Damian has been an Executive Officer and member of the firm’s Board of Managers since 2005.

Damian speaks at client seminars nationally, where he provides insights on current market conditions and portfolio positioning. He is a member of The Wall Street Journal CEO Council and the prominent G100 Network of chief executive officers. Damian regularly publishes articles in various industry publications, including FT Adviser, Financial Advisor, Advisor Perspectives, Financial Advisor IQ, FE Trustnet and Investment News.

Damian received his undergraduate degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He lives in Dallas, Texas with his family.

Recent Articles & Interviews with Damian


The Risk Of Rising Optimism

Now is a dangerous time for your clients. More than eight and a half years have passed since the last bear market.

Read More

How To Keep Clients Focused The Long Term

As an advisor, one of your biggest value-adds is keeping clients focused on their long-term investment goals and helping them avoid these traps.

Read More

Active v Passive Debate Ignores IFAs' True Value

If you've been reading financial news in the last year it might seem that passive investing is taking over the industry as money pours into all manners of index funds and ETFs

Read More

How To Serve Clients During A Trump Presidency

Help your clients see that overrating Mr. Trump's impact — for good or ill — could result in biased financial decisions.

Read More

An Advisor’s Checklist For A Prosperous 2017

Five things you can do to improve your firm and employees.

Read More

Lifting Your Clients Above The Fray

Most years are full of surprises and 2016 did not disappoint. Markets pulled back sharply to start the year, stirring 2008 redux fears. Then came unexpected political outcomes – like the Brexit referendum and the U.S. presidential election – frightening investors again. Periods of fear and confusion are when your clients need you the most.

Read More

The Most Important Skill for Young Employees

With the warmer months approaching, a flock of new college graduates will be looking for work in investment management and, hopefully, embarking on a career in the advisory profession. I will offer some advice you don’t often hear: Master the process of communicating and presenting your ideas persuasively – a skill broadly defined as “selling.”

Read More

Damian Ornani: Four Big Mistakes Hurting Your Firm’s Growth

One of the biggest challenges for Registered Investment Advisors (RIAs) is balancing the desire to grow while maintaining high quality for clients. After all, RIAs are businesses, and healthy businesses grow.

Read More