Andrew Susser
Executive Managing Director, Head of High Yield
Andrew Susser

Andrew is an Executive Managing Director and Head of High Yield at MacKay Shields, responsible for the group’s implementation of its investment process. He is a Portfolio Manager of the MainStay MacKay High Yield funds.

Andrew joined the firm in 2006 as a portfolio manager on the High Yield team. Previously, he was a Portfolio Manager at GoldenTree Asset Management and Managing Director and Head of High Yield Bond Research at Banc of America Securities. He was also an analyst at Salomon Brothers, Moody’s Investors Service and Merrill Lynch Capital Markets. He began his career in 1992 as a Corporate Finance and M&A Attorney at Shearman & Sterling in their New York office and has worked in the financial services industry since 1986.

Andrew earned a B.A. from Vassar College, an M.B.A. from the Wharton Graduate School of Business and a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.


Institutional Investor All-America Fixed Income Research Team (1999-2004)

Ranked by Institutional Investor as the No. 1 analyst in the high yield sector (2002-2004).


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