The latest senior roles in wealth and asset management from across Europe and the UK.
Zurich-based asset manager GAM Investments has named Matt Williams in a newly-created role as head of equity investment specialists. He will report in London to head of discretionary investment Greg Clerkson.
The former director and product strategist at BlackRock will be responsible for leading GAM’s team of equity investment specialists and building investment strategies. Prior to BlackRock, his roles in equity research focused on capital goods at MF Global, HSBC, and Capital Group. Williams was also a visiting lecturer in applied corporate finance at London's City University Business School for six years. He began his career in 1997 as a trader at Deutsche Bank, and later worked in debt capital markets at Commerzbank and Bank of America.
He holds a BA in European studies with German from the London School of Economics and an MBA from City University Business School.
In a newly-created role, Robeco has appointed Katie Weber as head of UK institutional sales, reporting to EMEA head Alexander Preininger. Based in London, she will be responsible for driving the growth of Robeco’s institutional client footprint in the UK, which currently includes public and corporate pension schemes, insurers and fiduciary managers.
She was previously at AllianceBernstein, where she joined in 2007, and was most recently a director in the institutional client group, working with UK and Irish clients.
She was also responsible for distributing the firm's investment offering across equities, fixed income, multi-asset and alternatives strategies to institutional investors, and driving growth across the firm’s account base. Robeco manages £144 billion in assets, of which £126 billion is committed to ESG integration.
Head of Robeco UK, Peter Walsh, said that Weber’s new position will help drive business development for the UK's institutional marketing channel. “She has an impressive track record and extensive distribution experience,” he said.
Stefan Hirter is joining RWC as head of business development at a new office opening in Zurich. He is moving from Fidelity International, where he was head of sales for Switzerland and Liechtenstein with responsibility for a range of clients including banks, insurance companies, family offices and external asset managers. Before that he spent more than eight years at Credit Suisse, most recently as head of its wholesale business for Switzerland and Liechtenstein.
“Opening our Swiss office and welcoming Stefan to RWC allows us to deepen our commitment to the Swiss market,” Tord Stallvik, RWC head of global business development said. Hirter will be in charge of growing the firm’s presence across all Swiss regions, including wholesale and institutional channels, the group added.
The independent investment firm formed in 2000 has offices in London, Miami and Singapore, and manages roughly $20 billion in client assets across developed and emerging market equities, convertible bonds, diversified return and income solutions.