The Vontobel Quality Growth Boutique strengthened its long-tenured and stable investment research team with three new experts. These hires follow the appointment of Igor Krutov in July 2016 as director of Research, a new role created to strengthen the boutique’s investment research capabilities and to provide guidance on portfolio construction and risk management.
Rob Hansen, CFA, joined the team on 1 May 2017 as a research analyst based in New York. Hansen brings extensive equity research experience, having spent more than 10 years at Deutsche Bank covering REITs and the home building and building product sectors.
Ian Chun, CFA, joined the team on 1 May 2017 as a research analyst based in New York. With more than 10 years of industry experience, Chun most recently covered the Payments, Processors & IT Services industry, as well as the U.S. Telecommunication sector at Sanford C. Bernstein. Previously, he held positions in quantitative development with Highbridge Capital Management and Axiom Investment Advisors.
Maggie Chau, CFA, CPA, joined the team on 10 July 2017 as a research analyst, and will be based in Hong Kong. Chau’s nine years of employment experience includes finance consulting and business planning, and six years with PricewaterhouseCoopers in corporate tax and audit and assurance services.
“We are excited to welcome our new team members. Their strong analytical skills, together with a commitment to rigorous fundamental research and a long-term perspective, are aligned with our investment approach. We expect each of these analysts will generate great value for our clients,” said Matthew Benkendorf, chief investment officer.