Penny Pennington is the managing partner of Edward Jones, a Fortune 500 financial services firm. As sixth managing partner in the firm’s 97-year history, Penny is responsible for the firm’s strategic direction, working together with more than 45,000 associates across North America to make a meaningful difference in the lives of more than 7 million clients by helping them financially achieve their most important goals. She was recently named No. 45 in her first appearance on the Fortune Most Powerful Women in Business list.
Penny began her Edward Jones career in 2000 as a financial advisor in Livonia, Mich. In 2006, she was named a principal and relocated to the firm’s St. Louis headquarters where she held leadership roles in New Financial Advisor Training, Branch Office Administrator Development and Branch and Region Development before leading the Client Strategies Group in 2015. Penny is a senior executive sponsor of the firm’s LGBT+ & Allies Business Resource Group.
Penny earned a bachelor’s degree in commerce with a concentration in finance from the University of Virginia and an MBA from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. She is a graduate of Wharton’s Securities Industry Institute and a CFA® charterholder.
A native of Nashville, Tenn., Penny now calls St. Louis home after relocating from Livonia 13 years ago with her husband, Mike Fidler, and two children. She is an active member of the St. Louis community and serves on the boards of the Shakespeare Festival St. Louis, Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, Saint Louis Fashion Fund, and Whitaker Foundation. She also actively champions Edward Jones’ national presenting sponsorship with the Alzheimer’s Association.