James Merli graduated from Montclair State University in 1983 with a B.S. degree in Business Administration and a concentration in Finance and Marketing.
Mr. Merli launched his Wall Street career in 1983 at Shearson, prior to the Shearson / Lehman Brothers merger, and remained at Lehman Brothers Inc. for more than 25 years. During that time, he rose to the role of Global Head of Fixed Income Syndicate. While at Lehman Brothers, Mr Merli was a member of the Fixed Income Operating Committee, the Loan Participation Committee and the High Grade Credit Committee.
Mr Merli subsequently joined Barclays Capital as Head of U.S Primary Market Syndication where he remained until 2010. In 2010 Mr. Merli joined Nomura Securities International as Global Head of Debt Syndication and Head of Global Finance for the Americas. While at Nomura, Mr. Merli was a member of the Executive Committee of Investment Banking, as well as the Executive Committee for Global Markets.
Since retiring from Nomura in 2015, he has become an Adjunct Professor at Montclair State University and a member of the Advisory Board for the Feliciano School of Business. He is an Executive-in-Residence at the School of Business and most recently accepted the role of board member on the Montclair State University Foundation. He and his wife Sandy have four adult children.