Executive Management

Karla M. Rabusch

Executive Vice President, Wells Fargo & Company
President, Wells Fargo Advantage Funds
Head of Wells Fargo Funds Management, LLC
As president of Wells Fargo Advantage Funds, Karla Rabusch oversees all business groups that support Wells Fargo Advantage Funds. She is also head of Wells Fargo Funds Management, LLC, which offers complementary investment solutions, including Wells Fargo managed accounts. She began her career at Wells Fargo in 1997 as the chief finance officer for the mutual fund complex. In 2004 and 2009, Karla was named one of the 100 most influential business women in the Bay Area by the San Francisco Business Times.

Wayne Badorf, CFP®, CFS

Executive Vice President
Head of Intermediary Sales
Wells Fargo Asset Management
Wells Fargo & Company
Wayne Badorf is head of Intermediary Sales for Wells Fargo Asset Management and president of Wells Fargo Funds Distributor, LLC. He is responsible for strategic and leadership initiatives across the organization, as well as the distribution of mutual funds and separately managed accounts (SMAs) through national, regional, and independent broker/dealers; private banks; institutional clients; retirement platforms; and registered investment advisors. Wayne joined Wells Fargo in 2004 and has more than 20 years of investment management industry experience. He has held various leadership positions and was most recently a national sales manager overseeing the management of all regional directors dedicated to representing the investment lineup, including mutual funds and SMAs.

Marshall Butler

Chief Marketing Officer
Wells Fargo Funds Management, LLC
Marshall Butler oversees the teams responsible for marketing, public relations, communications, creative services, e-business, and social media. Mr. Butler came to Wells Fargo in 2014, bringing more than 15 years of experience in financial services marketing. Prior to joining Wells Fargo, he was with BlackRock, most recently serving as managing director and head of iShares global brand marketing and leading a global team of brand and social media marketers. Prior to that, Mr. Butler was managing director and head of iShares Asia Pacific marketing based in Hong Kong. Before joining BlackRock in 2007, Mr. Butler was a director at WPP, a multinational advertising and public relations firm, and focused on financial services marketing. Mr. Butler earned a bachelor’s degree in political economy from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada, and a master’s degree in business administration from Harvard Business School.

Erdem Cimen, CFA

Senior Vice President
Head of Strategic Planning and Analysis
Wells Fargo Funds Management, LLC
Erdem Cimen and his team are responsible for the overall direction and control of financial analysis, sales and business reporting, accounting operations, vendor contracts, and the project management office. Erdem also directs Wells Fargo Funds Management’s strategic planning and modeling process. Erdem has been with Wells Fargo since 2001. Before joining the fund’s management group in 2006, he worked in the auto finance group, initially in risk management and later as the group’s finance officer. He has earned the right to use the Chartered Financial Analyst® (CFA®) designation and is a member of the CFA Institute.

Debra Ann Early

Senior Vice President
Head of Risk and Compliance
Wells Fargo Funds Management, LLC
Debra Ann Early is the head of Risk and Compliance for Wells Fargo Asset Management. Wells Fargo Asset Management includes Wells Capital Management, Inc., an institutional investment management firm; Wells Fargo Funds Distributor, LLC, the distributor of the Wells Fargo Advantage Funds® mutual fund family; Wells Fargo Funds Management, LLC, the investment advisor for Wells Fargo Advantage Funds; and a group of institutional asset management firms affiliated with Wells Fargo that offer a variety of specialized investment capabilities. Debra Ann has more than 20 years of experience in the investment management industry and joined Wells Fargo Funds Management in 2007.

Susan Frodl

Senior Vice President
Head of Client Services
Wells Fargo Funds Distributor, LLC
Susan Frodl and her teams provide service and support to individual investors, institutional sales teams, and the additional sales teams that are responsible for the distribution of mutual funds and separately managed accounts through independent and national broker/dealers, private bankers, and registered investment advisors. Susan has more than 20 years of experience in the industry. She joined Wells Fargo in 2005 as part of the Strong Funds acquisition, where she held various positions since joining the firm in 1988, including client service team manager, brokerage product operations manager, and investor services team leader.

Paul J. Haast, CFA

Senior Vice President
Head of Product Management, Investments, and Strategic Initiatives
Wells Fargo Funds Management, LLC
Since 2015, Paul Haast has led the Product Management, Investments, and Strategic Initiatives teams for the Wells Fargo Advantage Funds, Wells Fargo Managed Account Services, and the Wells Fargo (Lux) Worldwide Fund. Mr. Haast joined Wells Fargo in 1994 and, over the years, has held positions within the product development, product management, and transfer agent operations departments. Mr. Haast began his career more than 20 years ago as a control accountant at Investors Bank & Trust. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration with an emphasis in accounting from Boston University. He passed the certified public accountant exam and has earned the right to use the Chartered Financial Analyst® (CFA®) designation.

David Messman, J.D.

Senior Vice President
Secretary and Chief Legal Officer
Wells Fargo Funds Management, LLC
David Messman currently serves as a director, senior vice president, secretary and chief legal officer at Wells Fargo Funds Management. Concurrently, he serves as a managing counsel of Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. David leads the legal team that supports Wells Fargo Funds Management and its mutual fund family, Wells Fargo Advantage Funds. David joined Wells Fargo in 1996. Prior to that, he served for six years on the staff of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in Washington, D.C. David received both a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a juris doctor law degree from the University of Minnesota. He became a member of the Minnesota Bar in 1985 and a member of the California Bar in 1997.

Nancy Wiser

Executive Vice President
Chief Operating Officer
Wells Fargo Funds Management, LLC
Nancy Wiser joined Wells Fargo in 2011 and is responsible for operations and technology. Prior to joining Wells Fargo, Ms. Wiser served as the chief operating officer and chief compliance officer at a hedge fund in New York. She has worked in the investment industry since 1989 and has held various positions in areas that include fund accounting, technology, investment operations, investor relations, and compliance. Ms. Wiser serves on the Business Advisory Council at the Providence College School of Business, the Board of Overseers at Providence College, and the Advisory Council for the National Black MBA Association's Boston Chapter.

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