Effective January 18, Geelan will replace James Chosy who has accepted the position of executive vice president and general counsel at U.S. Bancorp.
'John is an outstanding partner and a strong leader', commented Andrew Duff, Piper Jaffray Companies chairman and CEO. 'His experience and judgment make him well-suited for this important role'.
Geelan is currently assistant general counsel at Piper Jaffray, responsible for managing the corporate secretary function, working with the board of directors and senior management across a number of areas, including governance, public company securities and reporting, M&A, treasury and financing, and general corporate.
Geelan joined Piper Jaffray in 2005 from Faegre & Benson, where he spent five years practicing corporate and securities law and representing public companies in the areas of corporate governance, corporate finance and M&A.
Geelan holds a law degree from Notre Dame Law Schooland a bachelor’s degree in economics and music from the University of St. Thomas. He is currently a member of the board of directors of the Playwrights’ Center, where he serves as treasurer.