AlphaSimplex Appoints Lowe as Senior Advisor, Mathus as Client Portfolio Manager

Feb 5 2016 | 10:09pm ET

AlphaSimplex Group has hired industry veteran Alistair Lowe as senior advisor to the firm’s investment committee. 

The position is new. Lowe was most recently a consultant with several investment management and financial technology firms. Beforehand, he was chief investment officer for global equities for State Street Global Advisors and, earlier, CIO of global asset allocation and currency.

“Alistair brings broad and deep experience with asset allocation and quantitative strategies to help support and build upon AlphaSimplex’s successful growth,” said Duncan Wilkinson, CEO of AlphaSimplex, in a statement. 

In his new role, Lowe will focus on management of the research process. Working closely with Wilkinson, investment committee members Chairman and co-founder Andrew Lo, CIO Xiru Zhang and director of strategic research Alex Healy, he will help set the firm’s research agenda and prioritize and track projects and research ideas. He will report to Wilkinson, according to the statement. 

AlphaSimplex also announced that it has brought Brent Mathus aboard as client portfolio manager. Mathus, who will focus on building and reinforcing relationships with institutional and international investors, is a 17-year veteran of quantitative asset management, hedge fund operations, and business development who was most recently COO for fintech company Arialytics. Earlier in his career, Mathus was head of trading at AlphaSimplex, and a member of the firm’s investment committee and business development team. 

Founded by MIT professor Andrew Low in 1999, Cambridge, MA-based AlphaSimplex specializes in researching and analyzing market behaviors and risk in order to develop liquid alternative strategies and portfolio solutions.

The company, an affiliate of Natixis Global Asset Management, manages more than $7 billion in institutional and mutual fund assets.

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