Former J.P. Morgan executive Catherine Keating has joined Commonfund as chief executive officer. Keating brings two decades of senior investment management experience to her new role, most recently serving as head of investment management Americas at J.P. Morgan. She also held several firm wide positions, including co-chair of the fiduciary risk committee, director of the JPMorgan Chase Foundation, and executive sponsor of the firm’s Women’s Interactive Network.

Keating is actively involved in the nonprofit community serving as chair of the Villanova University board of trustees, and also on the boards of the Girl Scout Council of Greater New York, and the Inner-City Scholarship Fund.

She will succeed Verne Sedlacek, Commonfund CEO since 2002, who will remain with the company in an advisory capacity to ensure a smooth transition. Keating is expected to start in February 2015.

Wilton, Conn.-based Commonfund is an investment management firm that manages over $25 billion for institutional clients.