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Our dedicated Multi-asset Solutions (MAS) Team of 21 investment professionals manages over £77* billion of assets on behalf of our clients. The Multi-asset Retail team fund managers are responsible for each of our 5 Multi-asset Funds, allocation, fund/vehicle selection for each asset class and performance monitoring; aiming to ensure that the Funds are managed in accordance with their specified risk range over the medium to long term.

The fund managers work closely with the MAS team’s economists and asset allocation specialists. They provide expertise in the areas of strategic and tactical asset allocation by identifying long-term trends for asset classes, as well as short-term economic and market scenarios.

Our Multi-asset Fund Managers also draw on Aviva Investors’ extensive resources across the globe. These include analysts, fund managers and dealers within the specialist areas of fixed income, equities, real estate, alternatives, cash, derivatives and risk management.

*As at 31 March 2013

Multi-asset Retail Team

 Peter Fitzgerald, CFA, Head of Multi-asset Retail

Peter joined the investment industry in 1995, and joined Aviva Investors in 2011.

Peter is responsible for the management of a range of multi asset and multi manager funds.

Peter has 12 year’s experience of managing Multi-Manager and Multi-asset portfolios and developing new fund propositions for clients including risk rated products whilst working at BNP Wealth Management and Insinger de Beaufort. He is fluent in Spanish and French and has lived in France, Spain, Asia, Latin America, Europe and the UK. Peter has a degree in European Studies from the University of Cork, a Postgraduate Diploma in Education from Trinity College, Dublin and Universidade Complutense, Madrid and is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charter holder.

 Nick Samouilhan,  PHD, FRM, Fund Manager

Nick is responsible for managing a range of multi-asset funds.

Joined the investment industry in 2008, and joined Aviva Investors in 2010. Prior to joining Aviva Investors, Nick worked at Investec Asset Management on their Multi-Asset desk. His specific focus was on cross-asset research, quantitative modelling and strategic asset allocation. Before joining Investec, Nick worked in academia, where he lectured economics and finance, and has published multiple academic papers on volatility modelling, macro-economic forecasting and portfolio diversification.

Nick holds a PhD degree in Economics from the University of Cape Town and the Investment Management Certificate. Nick is also a FRM charterholder and a member of the Global Associate of Risk Professionals.

 Gavin Counsell, FIA, Fund Manager

Gavin is responsible for managing a range of multi-asset funds.

Joined the investment industry in 2005, and joined Aviva Investors in 2012. Prior to joining Aviva Investors, Gavin was a Senior Investment Consultant at Towers Watson within the Strategy team. Within this role Gavin provided strategic investment advice to pension scheme trustees; schemes with assets ranging from several hundred million to multi-billion. This included providing portfolio construction analysis and asset allocation advice, to achieve both target returns and diverse risk exposures. Before joining Towers Watson, he worked as a Pensions and Investment Consultant for Aon Consulting, between 2000 and 2007, focusing on asset liability modelling studies, asset allocation, portfolio structuring and performance analytics.

Gavin is a qualified Fellow of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries. He also holds a Master of Mathematics degree from the University of Warwick.

 Andrew Ridgers, Senior Product Specialist

Andrew is responsible for investment messaging for Aviva Investors Multi-asset Fund and Multi-manager capability and acts as the primary link between the fund management team and global business development

Joined the investment industry in 1997, and joined Aviva Investors in 2007. Andrew joined Aviva Investors as fixed income investment writer and subsequently managed the Investment Writing team. Prior to joining Aviva Investors, Andrew was an investment writer at Credit Suisse Asset Management (CSAM) where he covered a broad range of asset classes. Before joining CSAM he was a product manager at AXA Investment Managers focusing on fixed income. Andrew began his career at Henderson Global Investors where he worked in a variety of roles on the product management and development team.

Andrew has an MA in Marketing from Kingston University Business School and also holds the Investment Management Certificate.

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