LPL Financial promotes chief compliance officer Sharyn Handelsman to managing director

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (March 19, 2015) — LPL Financial LLC, the nation’s largest independent broker-dealer*, a custodian for registered investment advisors (RIAs), and a wholly owned subsidiary of LPL Financial Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: LPLA), today announced that Sharyn Handelsman, director of compliance and brokerage chief compliance officer, has been named as a new managing director of the firm.

“Sharyn has done an outstanding job developing LPL’s compliance function,” said Michelle Oroschakoff, chief risk officer and managing director, to whom Handelsman will continue to report. “Her deep and broad experience in the field has delivered a unique perspective and tremendous expertise to the firm as we build a superior control environment.”

Under Handelsman’s leadership, the compliance function at LPL has gained better alignment and become more efficient. The business unit is comprised of more than 300 employees, or approximately 10 percent of the LPL employee workforce, and more positions will be added throughout 2015, demonstrating LPL’s commitment to protecting its advisors and institutions as well as their clients.

Handelsman joined LPL in 2010 and assumed the role of director of compliance and brokerage chief compliance officer in January 2014, at which time she assumed responsibility for the combined brokerage and advisory compliance functions within LPL’s Governance, Risk and Compliance (GRC) business. Prior to that, she was executive vice president of business risk management for GRC with responsibility for external-facing risk and supervisory functions supporting advisors, sponsors, product developers and program managers. In that role she successfully built out the Home Office Supervision team, built a solid senior leadership team and established a centralized supervisory function.

Handelsman has more than 25 years of financial services and risk management experience. She earned a Bachelor of Science in accounting from the University of Virginia, qualified as a CERTIFIED PUBLIC ACCOUNTANT®, and is FINRA Series 7 and 24 registered through LPL Financial.

*Based on total revenues, Financial Planning magazine, June 1996-2014

About LPL Financial

LPL Financial, a wholly owned subsidiary of LPL Financial Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ:LPLA), is a leader in the financial advice market and serves $475 billion in retail assets. The Company provides proprietary technology, comprehensive clearing and compliance services, practice management programs and training, and independent research to more than 14,000 independent financial advisors and over 700 banks and credit unions. LPL Financial is the nation’s largest independent broker-dealer since 1996 (based on total revenues, Financial Planning magazine, June 1996-2014), is one of the fastest growing RIA custodians with $91 billion in retail assets served, as of Dec. 31, 2014, and acts as an independent consultant to over an estimated 40,000 retirement plans with an estimated $115 billion in retirement plan assets served. In addition, LPL Financial supports approximately 4,400 financial advisors licensed with insurance companies by providing customized clearing, advisory platforms, and technology solutions. LPL Financial and its affiliates have 3,384 employees with primary offices in Boston, Charlotte, and San Diego. For more information, please visit

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