William Blair, a global boutique with expertise in investment banking and private wealth management, has appointed John Kreger as director of research of the firm’s sell-side equity research group.

Kreger is based in Chicago and will lead a team of research analysts covering over 700 growth-oriented companies. Kreger has been a partner with the firm since 2003 and enters the new position with over 30 years of equity research experience. In his career, Kreger has experience covering growth firms in healthcare services subsectors.

“It is an honor to be named director of research for William Blair, and I am humbled by the opportunity to lead a team of analysts who work tirelessly to deliver superior investment ideas and value-added perspective for hundreds of companies across myriad sectors,” Kreger said. “Under Scott’s (McLaughlin) leadership of William Blair’s institutional sales, trading, and research group, we are poised to further elevate the team’s performance and expose the industry to the strength and depth of this wonderful team.”