Columbia Threadneedle Investments, a leading global asset management group, has enhanced its Central Equity Research Team in EMEA with the appointment of Anne Marie Fleurbaaij as senior equity analyst.
Fleurbaaij brings 20 years' experience as an equity analyst and portfolio manager to the firm. In her new role she will cover UK and European consumer companies. She joins from GIC (London) Private Limited where she spent 12 years focusing on consumer equity investments. Prior to that, she spent seven years at Morgan Stanley where her coverage included pan-European consumer companies. Anne Marie is also a non-executive director of the Investor Forum.
Columbia Threadneedle established a Central Equity Research Team in EMEA to complement the company's existing investment desk research analysts as part of the ongoing globalisation of its central research equity capabilities and following Mifid II implementation. Over the past year, the firm has hired four career analysts for this team, including Roger Wilkinson who was recently appointed head of EMEA Equity Research.
William Davies, CIO, EMEA and global head of Equities, said: "Anne Marie is an experienced career analyst and will undoubtedly help us attain deeper knowledge of consumer companies in the UK and Europe.
"As an active manager, research intensity is a key pillar in our investment approach and we are pleased to expand our Central Equity Research Team in EMEA, reflecting a structure which is already in place in the US. We already have a strong and established Credit Research function in the region and the development of a Central Equity Research Team adds greater insights as they work alongside our UK and European Equities teams, who manage €45.2bn (as at the end of 2019) for our clients."
Globally, the company has a team of more than 180 investment analysts and research associates working together to produce original, independent research.