Manulife Asset Manager Taps Fellingham as Liquid Alts Chief

Jun 9 2016 | 9:51pm ET

Manulife Asset Management has named former Ignis Asset Management CIO Chris Fellingham as head of liquid alternative strategies in a move aimed at driving the firm’s foray into the segment.

In his new role, Fellingham will be charged with developing the firm’s liquid alternatives franchise, which will complement the company’s strategic asset allocation business managed by the its £74 billion Portfolio Solutions unit.

Fellingham’s appointment will become effective on June 13. He will report to Chris Conkey, EVP and Global CIO for Manulife Asset Management. The position is new.

Prior joining Manulife Asset Management, Fellingham was CIO of Ignis Asset Management, which was acquired by Standard Life Investments Limited in 2015. Beforehand, he was CEO and partner of Soros Fund Management UK, and has held a series of leadership roles at Mercury Asset Management, Merrill Lynch Investment Managers and BlackRock. 

"We are pleased to welcome Chris to Manulife Asset Management,” said Conkey. “He brings significant expertise in liquid alternative investment strategies, a strong client-focus and decades of global asset management experience.

Chris will play a significant role leading the expansion of our range of absolute return and outcome oriented capabilities, including stand-alone and multi-asset class strategy solutions, that we believe will meet the needs of institutional and wealth clients globally,” he added.

Headquartered in London, Manulife Asset Management is the global asset management arm of financial services behemoth Manulife. The firm provides comprehensive asset management solutions across a broad range of public and private asset classes, as well as asset allocation solutions. As of March 31, 2016, assets under management were approximately $325 billion.

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