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Karen Firestone

Karen Firestone
Chairman & CEO, Aureus Asset Management

Karen Firestone is Chairman, CEO, and co-founder of Aureus Asset Management, an investment firm dedicated to providing contemporary asset management to families and individuals.

Previously, she spent 22 years at Fidelity Investments, most recently as a diversified fund manager of the Destiny 1 Fund, the Large Cap Fund, Advisor Large Cap Fund, and several institutional non-profit and pension funds. Prior to that, Kari managed several sector funds, including the Leisure and Entertainment Fund, the Media Fund, Air Transportation Fund, Transportation Fund, Biotechnology Fund,and Health Care Fund. Kari's Fidelity career began as an assistant fund manager to Peter Lynch on Magellan Fund. Later, she moved to an analyst role in the research department covering numerous industries and was twice named to the Institutional Investor Best of the Buy Side All Star team.

Ms. Firestone received a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics, magna cum laude, from Harvard College and an MBA from Harvard Business School in 1983. She has served on various committees and Task Forces for Harvard University. Ms. Firestone is a member of the Advisory Board of Trustees of the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and a Director of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston. She is a member of the Boston Athletic Association, the group that operates the Boston Marathon.

Ms. Firestone's book, "Even the Odds: Sensible Risk Taking in Business, Investing,and Life" was published in 2016 by Bibliomotion. In addition,she is a regular contributor to the Harvard Business Review (HBR),, and the Huffington Post. She has appeared many times on Halftime Report, Closing Bell, and Squawk Box on CNBC.

She lives in Brookline, Massachusetts with her husband, David. They have four grown children, three grandchildren, and one Springer Spaniel. Karen is an avid runner, tennis and bridge player.