Vontobel adds to multi-asset class investment unit

Swiss private bank Vontobel has appointed Alan Zlatar and Arpad Pongracz to its multi-asset class investment unit.

Zlatar will be deputy head of the group investment strategy and head multi asset class investments, while Pongracz assumes responsibility for the newly-formed unit outcome driven investments (ODI).

He will also be responsible for ODI solutions, enhanced multi-asset-class products aiming to maximise the return potential of a portfolio according to the clients’ investment risk and cash flow targets.

Before joining Vontobel, Zlatar worked as head of portfolio management
at Deutsche Bank Wealth Management (Zurich) and chief investment officer at Rued Blass.

Pongracz was previously head of global balanced solutions at Union Bancaire Privée and head of total return direct strategies at Credit Suisse Asset Management. He has also worked as a co-manager for Soros Fund Management’s Quantum Fund.

“With Alan Zlatar and Arpad Pongracz, we have increased our expertise in the key area of multi-asset-class investing, a move which will benefit our private and institutional clients,” said chief strategist Christophe Bernard.

He added: “The creation of the Outcome Driven Investments unit is a reaction to client calls for investment solutions that better reflect liability and risk specifications.”

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