Ms. Duggan joined Polen Capital Credit in 2006 and has over 20 years of experience structuring and negotiating corporate and finance transactions. She focuses the majority of her work on primary issuances of loans and private placements, mergers and acquisitions, reorganizations and intercreditor issues.  She is also a member of the Investment Review Committee.  Prior to joining Polen Capital Credit, she was a senior associate in the Leveraged Finance Group at Goodwin Procter, LLP and an associate in the Corporate, Securities, and Finance Group of Pillsbury Winthrop, LLP, in New York.  Ms. Duggan has significant experience representing institutions on various domestic and cross-border financing transactions.  Ms. Duggan received her JD from Northwestern University School of Law and her BA from Cornell University.  She is a member of the bars of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the State of New York.

Mr. Rjanikov joined Polen Capital Credit in 2007 and has more than 18 years of experience in sourcing, analyzing, and managing investments across a variety of industries.  Mr. Rjanikov serves as the co-portfolio manager of the Polen Credit Upper Tier U.S. High Yield strategy. He is also a member of the Investment Review Committee and is currently spearheading the firm’s Environmental, Social, and Governance efforts (including the development of the Environmental Sustainability High Yield Strategy).

Prior to joining Polen Capital Credit, Mr. Rjanikov was an Equity Research Analyst at MFS Investment Management since 2003.  While at MFS, Mr. Rjanikov covered a variety of industries with a focus on equities of public US companies.  From 1995 to 2001, Mr. Rjanikov was a Senior Financial Analyst at Hewlett-Packard Company in the US, Switzerland and Russia.  Mr. Rjanikov earned his MBA (with Distinction) from Harvard Business School and M. Sc. from Plekhanov Russian University of Economics.

Mr. Sherman joined Polen Capital Credit in 2007 and has more than 17 years of corporate finance and investment experience. Mr. Sherman serves as co-portfolio manager of the Polen Credit U.S. Opportunistic High Yield strategy, portfolio manager of the Polen Credit Bank Loan strategy, and assistant portfolio manager of the Polen Credit Total Return Credit strategy.  He is also a member of the Investment Review Committee.  Mr. Sherman serves as a member of the board of directors of a portfolio company.

Prior to joining Polen Capital Credit, Mr. Sherman was an associate in the Healthcare Group at Thoma Cressey Equity Partners, focusing on private equity investments in middle-market companies.  Prior to joining Thoma Cressey Equity Partners, Mr. Sherman was in the Investment Banking Division of Citigroup where he was an analyst in the Global Healthcare Group.  Mr. Sherman graduated magna cum laude with a BBA from the University of Notre Dame.

Mr. Santonelli joined Polen Capital Credit in 2004 and has more than 17 years of experience in sourcing, analyzing, and managing investments across a variety of industries.  Mr. Santonelli serves as co-portfolio manager of the Polen Credit U.S. Opportunistic High Yield strategy, portfolio manager of the Polen Credit Total Return Credit strategy, and assistant portfolio manager of the Polen Credit Bank Loan strategy. He is also a member of the Investment Review Committee. Mr. Santonelli serves as a member of the board of directors of a portfolio company.  Mr. Santonelli received his BA from Amherst College.

Mr. Breazzano co-founded Polen Capital Credit in 1996 and has more than 41 years of experience in high yield, distressed, and special situations investing.  At Polen Capital Credit, he oversees the investment team and chairs the Investment Review Committee. Mr. Breazzano also sits on the Operating Committee of Polen Capital Management (the parent company to Polen Capital Credit).  In addition, Mr. Breazzano serves as co-portfolio manager of  the Polen Credit U.S. Opportunistic High Yield and Polen Credit Upper Tier U.S. High Yield strategies. Prior to forming Polen Capital Credit, from 1990 to 1996, he was a vice president and portfolio manager in the High-Income Group at Fidelity Investments, where he had investment management responsibility for over $4 billion in high yield and distressed assets.  Specifically, he was a portfolio manager of the Fidelity Capital & Income Fund, which was one of the largest high yield funds in existence at that time.  In addition, Mr. Breazzano co-managed the distressed investing operation at Fidelity.

Prior to joining Fidelity in 1990, Mr. Breazzano was a vice president and portfolio manager at T. Rowe Price Associates.  Before joining T. Rowe Price in 1985, he was a high yield analyst and vice president at First Investors Asset Management, which had over $1 billion in high yield assets under management.  Mr. Breazzano began his professional career at New York Life as an investment analyst.

Mr. Breazzano is the author of the chapter entitled “Distressed Investing” in Leveraged Financial Markets: A Comprehensive Guide to High-Yield Bonds, Loans, and Other Instruments and co-author of the chapter entitled “Trading in the Distressed Market” in Investing in Bankruptcies and Turnarounds.  Mr. Breazzano serves as a member of the board of directors for the Children’s Trust Fund following his appointment by Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker in 2016. He received his MBA from the Johnson School at Cornell University where he currently is a member of the university’s board of trustees. Mr. Breazzano graduated cum laude with a BA from Union College, where he also currently sits on its board of trustees.