Manulife AM appoints head of Liquid Alternative Strategies

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Manulife Asset Management has appointed Chris Fellingham as senior managing director and head of Liquid Alternative Strategies, effective 13 June.

Fellingham will be based in London and report to Chris Conkey, executive vice president, global CIO of Manulife Asset Management.

He will be responsible for developing the strategic asset allocation business managed by the Portfolio Solutions Group (PSG).

PSG manages target date and target risk strategies as well as alternatives funds, overseeing £74bn (€94.2bn) in AUM.

Formerly, Fellingham was CIO of Ignis Asset Management, which was acquired by Standard Life Investments Limited.

He also served as CEO and partner of Soros Fund Management UK and held various positions with Mercury Asset Management, Merrill Lynch Investment Managers and BlackRock.

Fellingham started his career at Royal Insurance Asset Management.

“We created this new role to drive our growth strategy in liquid alternatives. Chris will play a significant role leading the expansion of our range of absolute return and outcome oriented capabilities, including stand-alone and multi-asset class strategy solutions, that we believe will meet the needs of institutional and wealth clients globally,” Conkey said.

As at end March 2016, Manulife Asset Management had €285bn of AUM.