Harcourt Taps Credit Suisse Vet To Head Alts.

May 16 2012 | 8:51am ET

Harcourt Investment Consulting has appointed former Credit Suisse emerging markets boss Jan Viebig to head its alternative investments division.

Georg Wessling, currently head of hedge fund advisory at Harcourt, has been tapped as deputy head of alts.

Viebig replaces former Harcourt CEO Stephan Fritz, who has decided to leave Harcourt’s parent company, Switzerland’s Vontobel Asset Management.

Viebig has over 12 years of investment experience in alternative investments and emerging markets. Prior to Credit Suisse, he was senior hedge fund manager at DWS. He will take up his new post in September 2012.

Wessling has 17 years of investment experience, working at Ecofin prior to joining Harcourt. He has been with Harcourt since 2005 in senior investment roles and as head of the advisory business.

Axel Schwarzer, head of Vontobel, said in a statement: "These appointments reflect the commitment to our clients and the ambition to further strengthen and expand our capabilities as [an] alternative investments manager."

The Vontobel Group is a Swiss private bank established in Zurich in 1924. Vontobel specializes in wealth management for private clients and asset management for institutional investors, as well as in investment banking. As of 31 December 2011, the group held assets of CHF 132 billion and employed about 1,500 people worldwide.

 


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