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A Chicago CEO and his wife were killed when a boozed-up wrong-way driver struck the taxi they were riding in, according to reports.
Judson Bergman, 62, who was at the helm of the Envestnet firm, and his wife, Mary Miller-Bergman, 57, died when Emilie Ross, 34, rammed her Volkswagen sedan into their cab in San Francisco, the California Highway Patrol said.
Bergman was thrown from the taxi, authorities said. Cabbie Berkant Ramadan Ahmed, 42, also was killed.
Bergman, who also served as Envestnet’s chairman, founded the company in 1999 and fueled a wave of independent financial advisers, Crain’s Chicago Business reported.
In a statement, Envestnet called Bergman “a remarkable leader whose vision, brilliance and drive built the foundation for Envestnet’s success.”
“On behalf of our board of directors, management team and employees, we extend our deepest sympathies to Jud and Mary’s family,” the company said in a statement.
The company has appointed Bill Crager, president of Envestnet and chief executive of Envestnet Wealth Solutions, as interim CEO. The company’s lead independent director, Ross Chapin, has been named interim chairman of the board.
Before founding Envestnet, Bergman served as the head of mutual funds at Nuveen Investments, according to Crain’s. He had initially pitched the business idea that became Envestnet to Nuveen, but that company wasn’t interested in accepting it at the time.
So Bergman independently worked on creating software tools that would help financial advisers launch their own shops, apart from large institutions.
With Post wires