Benjamin F. Edwards & Co. hired Rob Pietroburgo as managing director of investments for its Springfield, Ill., branch.

In his new role, Pietroburgo will work with clients on their financial planning and investments.

Pietroburgo previously worked at A.G. Edwards and its ownership by Wachovia Securities and subsequently Wells Fargo Advisors. Pietroburgo, who joined A.G. Edwards in 1987, most recently held senior executive and management positions including director of branches at the St. Louis headquarters. Prior to that, he served as regional manager for the firm’s Great Lakes region branches.

Prior to his financial services career, Pietroburgo spent five years in professional baseball playing for the Cleveland Indians and the Seattle Mariners.

Pietroburgo’s hiring follows Benjamin F. Edwards’ strategy to selectively add advisors and branches. Most recently, the brokerage announced it had brought on Rick Balmaseda from Wells Fargo as senior vice president of investments in its Danbury, Conn., office.

Benjamin F. Edwards, a subsidiary of Benjamin Edwards Inc., is a St. Louis-based brokerage providing advisory services to clients and financial consultants. The firm was founded in 2008 by Benjamin F. “Tad” Edwards IV, great-great-grandson of the founder of A.G. Edwards.