Harcourt names new alternatives head from Credit Suisse
Vontobel Group has continued its recent Swiss hiring spree with its Harcourt alternatives unit announcing Jan Viebig from Credit Suisse will be its head of alternative investments from September.
Still at Credit Suisse now, Viebig (pictured) is head of emerging market equities.
He has also been a senior hedge fund manager at DWS Investments, one of the asset management arms of Deutsche Bank.
Viebig brings more than 12 years’ alternatives and emerging markets investment experience.
He has several awards for his fund management duties, including the Best Performing Equity Market Neutral Hedge fund from Hedge Funds Review in 2006, and gold awards from German fund investor Sauren from 2005 through to 2007.
Vontobel already made two senior appointments recently, in expanding its multi-asset investment capabilities.
Alan Zlatar and Arpad Pongracz will bring experience to it from houses such as Deutsche Bank Private Wealth Management, Union Bancaire Privee, and the famed Quantum Fund that made manager George Soros his fortune.
Harcourt’s announcement of Viebig’s joining is complemented by the fact Georg Wessling, who was head of hedge fund advisory at the $4.2bn unit, becoming Viebig’s deputy.
Viebig replaces former CEO of Harcourt, Stephan Fritz, who is leaving the asset management arm of Vontobel, the Swiss-headquartered private banking group of which Harcourt is part.
Wessling has 17 years of investment experience, and has worked at Harcourt since 2005.