Columbia Threadneedle Investments has announced that Barrie Whitman, head of High Yield, EMEA, will retire at the end of the year after completing 20 years at Columbia Threadneedle.
On Whitman's retirement, Roman Gaiser will become head of High Yield, EMEA. Roman rejoined Columbia Threadneedle in July 2018 from Pictet Asset Management where he was head of High Yield, leading the team and managing several European high yield funds. Prior to this, he worked with Whitman at Columbia Threadneedle as a portfolio manager in our European High Yield team between 2005 and 2011.
Columbia Threadneedle's European High Yield team employs an investment process anchored on fundamental research tailored specifically to the high yield asset class. A highly-integrated team-based culture combines bottom-up research intensity with top-down perspective which enables the team to deliver consistent value for our clients and this will continue under Gaiser's leadership.
Whitman will be with the firm until the end of the year to ensure a full handover and to provide guidance and support to the high yield team and to our clients. Both will continue to work closely together and with the team for the remainder of the year to ensure a smooth transition.
Subject to the relevant approvals, Gaiser will join Alasdair Ross as co-manager of the Threadneedle (Lux) Credit opportunities Fund and will join David Backhouse as co-manager on the Threadneedle High Yield Bond Fund.