Boston-headquartered Loomis Sayles, affiliate of Natixis Investment Managers, has appointed Aziz Hamzaogullari as chief investment officer of the Growth Equity Strategies (GES) team, which includes the Loomis Sayles Large Cap Growth, All Cap Growth and Global Growth portfolios.
As portfolio manager and founder of the team’s investment philosophy and process, Hamzaogullari has developed and successfully implemented the alpha thesis that defines the research framework and underpins the success of all GES portfolios.
During his tenure as portfolio manager, Hamzaogullari and his team have delivered long-term superior risk-adjusted excess returns to investors. In an environment characterised by a significant shift to passive investment management, his differentiated active investment approach has resonated with investors, driving GES platform assets to over $52bn from $2bn since joining Loomis Sayles eight years ago.
The GES team’s assets account for nearly 20% of Loomis Sayles’ total assets under management and more than 80% of total equity assets under management. The commitment and effort of Hamzaogullari and his team have advanced not only the Loomis Sayles equity platform, but also the Loomis Sayles brand globally with GES investors in Asia, Europe, North America and South America.
Hamzaogullari joined Loomis Sayles in 2010 from Evergreen Investments where he was a senior portfolio manager and managing director. He joined Evergreen in 2001, was promoted to director of research in 2003 and portfolio manager in 2006. He was head of Evergreen’s Berkeley Street Growth Equity team and was the founder of the research and investment process. Prior to Evergreen, he was a senior equity analyst and portfolio manager at Manning & Napier Advisors.