The Collingwood Group has announced the appointment of Mary Lou Christy as senior vice president. Prior to joining The Collingwood Group, Christy served as senior vice president of investor relations for Fannie Mae. During her 24-year career at the company, she also led the mortgage-backed securities (MBS) trading desk, and served as vice president of sales and marketing in the southwestern region. At Fannie Mae, Christy built the investor strategy to expand equity ownership globally during a time when the company faced a major credit crisis. She helped lead the organization through several years of financial restatement, and executive management and board of directors turnover. Her IR team won several awards for the quality and service provided to the analyst community. Prior to Fannie Mae, Christy opened a three-state region for PMI Mortgage Insurance Company, and held several secondary marketing positions with large banks. "We are delighted to have Mary Lou Christy join The Collingwood Group team," said Brian O'Reilly, president and managing director of The Collingwood Group. "Her experience will be invaluable as we seek to increase the range and depth of services that we provide our clients. She will play an important role in the firm's growing practice in support of private equity firms andhedge funds that seek assistance from proven industry professionals with Washington experience." Christy's specific areas of expertise include advising clients on ways to develop new business, expanding equity ownership, creating transparent market disclosures, building high-performance marketing teams, and assisting executives on ways to communicate during financial, regulatory, and economic crises. She has an MBA in Business Management from University of Dallas and completed her undergraduate work at Villanova University. "I am excited to join The Collingwood Group. This is an extraordinary opportunity to help clients succeed amidst the historic business and regulatory changes of the new decade," said Christy. For more information, visit www.collingwoodcommunications.com.