Co-Founder, Senior Portfolio Manager, and Board Member
55 years of experience
John co-founded IR+M in 1987, a privately-owned, independent, fixed income investment management firm that serves institutional and private clients.
Serving as a Senior Portfolio Manager at IR+M for over 33 years, John and his co-founder and son, Jack Sommers, established our disciplined bottom-up investment approach. Over time, John has played a vital role in the evolution of our firm and the development of our seasoned team of investment professionals. In addition to being a Senior Portfolio Manager, John is an advisory member of our Management Committee, and serves on our Board of Trustees.
Prior to co-founding IR+M, John was Director of Fixed Income, President, and CEO of Putnam Advisory Company where he was responsible for over $20 billion in fixed income assets. Before that, John was a Partner and Director of Fixed Income Sales and Trading at Loeb, Rhoades & Co. and at F.S. Smithers.
John has a BA in Liberal Arts from Bucknell University (1961) and an MBA in Finance from NYU (1965).Back to Who We Are