Natixis GAM strengthens UK institutional team
Natixis Global Asset Management (NGAM) has announced the appointment of Alex Wharton, who joins as a manager in the UK Institutional Business Development team and Fred McNeill, who joins as a Manager in the UK Consultant Relationships team.
Both Wharton and McNeill will be based in London.
In his new role, Wharton will report directly to Euan MacLaren, Director of UK Institutional Business Development, working to help UK pension funds and other institutional investors create more durable portfolios that meet their long-term investment goals.
Wharton joins from Capita Employee Benefits where he was a Business Development Manager responsible for the development of investment consultancy services to UK occupational pension schemes. Prior to his role there, Wharton spent over ten years at the Financial Times Group, holding the role of head of Business Development, Institutional Asset Management division.
McNeill will report directly to Lucy Johnstone, Director, Consultant Relationships, and will be responsible for ensuring that the investment consultant community receive all the information they need on NGAM’s underlying affiliate investment managers. McNeill joins from Neptune Investment Management where he was a Manager for its Institutional Business team. He originally joined Neptune in 2006, prior to which he worked for UBS Global Asset Management.
As a further addition to the UK Consultant Relationships team, Laura Devoucoux will be joining as Manager, Consultant Relationships, also reporting directly to Lucy Johnstone. Laura joins from Natixis Asset Management in Paris, one of Natixis Global Asset Management’s affiliate investment managers.
These appointments represent the continued expansion of NGAM’s UK institutional team and further reflect the firm’s commitment to the UK market, NGAM said. The London office now has a headcount of over 40.
Terry Mellish, head of UK and Ireland Institutional Business and Global Consultant Relationships, commented on the appointment: “These appointments reflect our continued commitment in helping UK institutional investors build more durable portfolios in today’s markets. We look forward to drawing on their industry experience for the benefit of our UK clients and our business generally.”