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Vontobel in global equity reshuffle after manager exit

Vontobel in global equity reshuffle after manager exit

Vontobel Asset Management has revealed two changes to its senior fund management structure following the exit of Steve Triantafildis at the start of the year.

The company has handed Roger Merz the role of head of global equities in Zurich following Triantafildis’ decision to join the emerging markets arm of Legg Mason Global Asset Management.

Merz had already assumed responsibility for the two sustainability focused funds previously run by Triantafildis.

He took over the Vontobel Institutional Global Equity and Vontobel Fund Sustainable Global Equity funds in June 2012. Merz also runs the Vontobel Fund (SICAV) - Sustainable Global Leaders, which was launched in December 2012.

As part of the move to oversee the global equity operations Merz hands over the Vontobel Fund Clean Technology fund to head of global trend investing Pascal Dudle.

The former SwissRe fund manager currently oversees two clean energy funds at Vontobel and one on mandate for Raiffeisen Capital Management.

Merz and Dudle form part of Vontobel's Global Thematic Equities boutique. In the revised roles, Merz oversees global equities with an emphasis on SRI, while Dudle is responsible for global trends, such as new power and clean technology.

Both of the department heads report to Vontobel’s head of portfolio management in Switzerland, Han Speich.

The management changes mark the latest in a series of structural changes at Vontobel.

This has included the hiring of star fund manager Luc D'Hooge from Dexia and the strengthening of a number of existing portfolio management teams.

The spokesperson also stressed the change of roles within the Zurich arm did not impact the management of the equity funds run by star manager and head of non-US equity Rajiv Jain.

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