Aviva Investors Appoints Simon Blundell as Senior Portfolio Manager - Credit
24 September 2009
(London): Aviva Investors has appointed Simon Blundell as a Senior Portfolio Manager in Credit. Simon, who is joining on 12 October 2009, will be part of the management team for active credit funds, initially managing a number of corporate bond portfolios. He will report to Mark Wauton, Head of Credit, Aviva Investors.
Simon joins Aviva Investors from Fortis Investments/ ABN Amro Asset Management where he had worked in a variety of roles, the most recent being Head of Investment Grade Credit. Simon has extensive management experience of both benchmarked and absolute return funds, having previously run various long/short, carry and mean reverting strategies alongside traditional long only portfolios.
Mark Wauton said: “We are delighted to have someone of Simon’s calibre onboard. His past experience managing both long and short portfolios and his high profile in the UK credit market are great assets to our team.”
“Simon’s arrival further broadens the set of skills available to the team. We expect him to be a senior figure in assisting in the build out of our investment process as we continue to implement cutting edge credit fund management techniques in order to source sustainable levels of out-performance in a changing credit landscape.”
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