People Moves: AJ Bell, Brooks Macdonald, Edmond de Rothschild, Columbia Threadneedle
Edmond de Rothschild Asset Management
The family-run investment house, Edmond de Rothshild AM, has appointed Gad Amar as global head of business development.
Based in Paris, Amar will report to Vincent Taupin, global chief executive asset management and chairman of the board at Edmond de Rothschild (France).
Amar joins the group from BlackRock, where he most recently worked as head of distribution covering France, Belgium and Luxembourg. Prior to that, he worked among others for Fidelity Canada and JP Morgan Asset Management.
He will now be in charge of EdRAM’s strategic expansion in Europe. With his expansion the group aims to expand its presence oth on the instutional side as well as among distribution partners and independent wealth managers.
AJ Bell has strengthened its investment team with the appointment of Simon Molica as fund manager with immediate effect. Simon will report to AJ Bell’s head of fund selection, Ryan Hughes.
Molica joins the investment team responsible for developing and managing AJ Bell’s investment solutions. These currently include a managed portfolio service and the AJ Bell Passive fund range, both of which have been well received by advisers looking for low-cost and well managed investment solutions that meet their client’s needs.
Molica was previously a portfolio manager at Morningstar where he was responsible for managing a variety of investment solutions.
Nikko Asset Management
Nikko Asset Management has confirmed John Howland-Jackson will take on the EMEA CEO role as of 1 January, subject to regulatory approval, which will make him responsible for all aspects of the firm’s business across Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
At the same time, Ian Lewis is appointed head of EMEA Sales and global head of consultant relations, effective 1 December. Both will be based in London.
Nikko AM representative director, president and CEO Takumi Shibata, said the appointments would support EMEA clients looking for Asian investment opportunities.
Howland-Jackson has some four decades of experience in banking and financial services, while Lewis has some three decades of experience. He joined Nikko AM in October 2014 as group head of consultant relations in Singapore, moving to London in August 2016.
The appointments mean that current EMEA CEO Udo von Werne is leaving the firm at the end of December.
Brooks Macdonald, the investment manager with £11bn in funds under management has appointed Jennifer Carter and Johnathon Rivers as investment managers, based in its Hampshire office.
Jennifer Carter previously worked at Charles Stanley as an investment manager and has over 25 years of experience in financial services.
Johnathon Rivers has over 10 years of experience in financial services and previously worked at Rathbone Investment Management where he held the position of investment manager. Prior to this Rivers worked for Canaccord Genuity Wealth Ltd.
Columbia Threadneedle Investments
Columbia Threadneedle Investments has appointed Lorenzo Garcia as head of EMEA client investment solutions. Garcia is based in London, reporting to Jeff Knight, global head of investment solutions and Mark Burgess, deputy global chief investment officer.
Garcia will be working with the global investment team to deliver investment solutions to clients in EMEA.
Garcia brings 17 years’ investment experience, including a 12-year career with Blackrock Investment Managers where his most recent role was head of EMEA institutional and retail portfolio management, ETF and Index Investments, overseeing in excess of £370bn within 170 portfolios.
Prior to that, Garcia was head of Blackrock’s EMEA and APAC multi-asset risk and quantitative analysis team, responsible for the oversight of international multi-asset and client solutions mandates and working extensively with clients in relation to risk analysis, risk advice and portfolio construction.