Polar Asset Management Partners
Though hes a sports fan, Sean Wygovsky has no interest
in ice hockey. He does love golf: His career inspiration is Ben
Hogan, an all-time golf great who succeeded through relentless
determination and passion for the game.
As the son of an engineer and a mathematics teacher growing
up in Summit, New Jersey, Wygovsky had little exposure to
finance or Wall Street. In high school he considered studying
in college to become a doctor but found himself losing
interest. The booming sports news industry already captured his
attention, and Wygovsky, 35, soon developed a similar
enthusiasm for tracking financial markets. At the University of
Richmond in Virginia, he began taking business classes and
found that he enjoyed finance, which offered the competitive
environment he had been looking for.
After Wygovsky graduated in 2002 with a BS in business
administration, his first job in finance was as an investment
analyst with asset manager TIAA-CREF in New York. Finding that
role insufficiently challenging, after two years he switched to
trading, starting in corporate bonds with New York hedge fund
firm Exis Capital Management. In 2006 he joined New
Yorkbased Tiger Management Corp., where he became a
trader for a handful of hedge funds in the Tiger stable of
managers. Then in 2013, Wygovsky was given the opportunity to
join Polar Asset Management Partners as a partner, trader and
Based in Toronto, the firm was launched as Polar Securities
in 1991 by three founders; it mostly focused on hedge funds and
private equity, with an emphasis on arbitrage opportunities.
Last year, after a strategic review, the $1.5 billion firm
rebranded under its current name. Wygovsky has enjoyed his move
north of the border, but hes still no hockey fan
perhaps understandably, given the 48-year championship drought
of his local team, the Toronto Maple Leafs.
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