Threadneedle expands German team with hire from Pioneer

Threadneedle Investments has hired the fifth new recruit to its German team in under a year by appointing Markus Rottler from Pioneer Investments as a sales director.

Rottler started in Threadneedle’s Frankfurt am Main office on Friday, reporting to Werner Kolitsch, Threadneedle’s head of Germany and Austria.

Rottler was at Pioneer for seven years, latterly for institutional clients in Germany and Luxembourg and primarily for alternative products, where he has professional qualifications.

At Threadneedle he will take responsibility for distribution to Sparkassen and key wholesale and institutional accounts.

“We are delighted that we have been able to net, in Markus Rottler, an excellent distribution expert for wholesale and institutional business,” said Kolitsch.

“We are on a clear growth trajectory in Germany, and for this reason are building out our distribution teams continually,” he added.

Threadneedle hired four members to its team in Germany last year.

In July it hired Philipp Kowollik, from being a sales manager for Germany and Austria at Societe Generale Asset Management, as Threadneedle’s sales director for private banks and family offices, in Frankfurt.

A year ago, it had hired Anita Friessner from Principal Global Investors in Munich, as its sales executive for key accounts. Before working at PGI, Friessner had been at Cominvest.

In March 2010, it hired Bernd Klapper and Patrick Sobotta as a distribution head for north- and central-Germany, and sales executive respectively.

Klapper came from Oekoworld Lux, while Sobotta joined from Credit Agricole Asset Management, in Frankfurt. 


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