JP Morgan Asset Management has added three investment specialists to its Fixed Income Investment Specialist team, covering the Europe, Middle East and Africa region.
Based in London, the three are:
- Karine Mercado – appointed lead investment specialist for core fixed income strategies in Emea; focused on global government and aggregate capabilities, she joins from BASF, the German chemical company, where she managed credit for its North American and German pension plans, while previously she has worked at Pimco, the African Development Bank and RBS Greenwich Capital Markets.
- Rohan Duggal – appointed lead investment specialist for high yield strategies in Emea; focused on global high yield, distressed debt and leveraged loan strategies, he joins from Blue Mountain Capital Partners, where he was a senior portfolio specialist and client adviser, while previously he worked at Goldman Sachs & Co for more than a decade
- Claire Cullen – appointed lead investment specialist for global credit strategies in Emea; focused on investment grade and flexible global credit, she was most recently chief finance officer for the GFICC business.
The new appointees join three other investment specialists either already appointed or joining currently. They include:
- Giles Bedford is an EMD investment specialist reproting to Zsolt Papp, lead EMD investment specialist.
- Liam Moore will support JPMAM’s unconstrained strategies and report into Marika Dysenchuk, investment specialist for unconstrained fixed income strategies
- Wei Chu will support JPMAM’s insurance fixed income team and report into Gilles Drukier, lead Insurance Fixed Income investment specialist in Emea.
Moore and Chu started earlier this year.
The latest appointments take the number of financial professionals working in the Fixed Income Investment Specialist team to 18, said Travis Spence, head of Emea Fixed Income Investment Specialists at JPMAM. He noted there is increasing demand to deal with the investment challenges posed by an environment of changes to monetary policy, rising interest rates and late cycle market behaviour.