Aviva Investors makes significant hire with appointment of head of global aggregate portfolio management
23 February 2011
(London): Aviva Investors today announced the appointment of Dan James as Head of Global Aggregate Portfolio Management. In this role, Dan will be responsible for implementing strategies and asset allocation across all global aggregate portfolios. He will also be responsible for promoting Aviva Investors global aggregate products and developing high-margin absolute return solutions. Dan will work closely with senior managers in the fixed income and currency departments and the wider global business development team.
Starting on 1 March, Dan will be based in Aviva Investors London office and will report to Shahid Ikram, deputy CIO of Fixed Income.
Shahid Ikram said: “With a career in financial services that spans across more than 16 years, Dan’s experience in the aggregate and absolute return sectors will be key in ensuring that we successfully build a strong global aggregate capability. The global aggregate component of our fixed income team will act as the crucial link to our fixed income desks as it will enable us to build portfolios that combine the expertise of all asset classes; resulting in us being able to provide multi-specialist solutions to our clients. Dan’s experience in building absolute return solutions will also help strengthen our existing absolute return strategies and allow us to build them out further.
“Dan’s previous experience in successfully implementing risk budgeting will ensure we can further strengthen our existing risk management framework by applying even more rigorous processes across our portfolios.
“Throughout his career, Dan has also worked closely with both clients and consultants, establishing strong relationships across the industry. This, combined with his in-depth knowledge of the sector, will help us ensure that our clients are aware of how this approach to managing our fixed income portfolios will enable us to create more value and deliver solutions suited to their needs.”
Dan will be joining Aviva Investors from Fischer Francis Trees and Watts where he was most recently Head of Short Duration and Absolute Return. Prior to this, he was CIO Aggregate and Absolute Return at Fortis Investments.
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Aviva Investors is the global asset management business of Aviva plc. The business delivers investment management solutions, services and client-driven performance to clients worldwide. Aviva Investors operates in 14 countries in Asia Pacific, Europe, North America and the United Kingdom with assets under management of almost £249 billion at 30 June 2010.
- Aviva is the world’s sixth largest1 insurance group, serving 53 million customers across Europe, North America and Asia Pacific
- Aviva’s principal business activities are long-term savings, fund management and general insurance, with worldwide total sales2 of £45.1 billion and funds under management of £379 billion at 31 December 2009
1 Based on gross worldwide premiums at 31 December 2009
2 Based on 2009 published life and pensions PVNBP on an MCEV basis, total investment sales and general insurance and health net written premiums, including share of associates’ premiums
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