Henderson's Beesley Heads to GAM For Senior Equities Position

Feb 28 2017 | 8:24pm ET

Swiss money manager GAM has named former Henderson executive Matthew Beesley as the firm’s head of equities, a newly-created position based out of the company’s London office.

In his new role, Beesley will reportedly work with all GAM equity teams to optimize performance and risk management, ensure strong links with sales, marketing and operations, also drive information collaboration across teams. He will assume his new responsibilities on March 6 and will be based in London, the company GAM said in an email to FINalternatives.

Beesley brings more than 19 years of investment experience to GAM. Prior to joining the firm, he was head of global equities at Henderson for five years, and beforehand held a number of global equity management roles for Trinity Steel Asset Management, JP Morgan and Mercury Asset Management/Merrill Lynch Investment Managers. Beesley is a CFA charterholder.

“We are excited to welcome Matthew Beesley, a world class head of equities, to the group,” said CEO Alexander Friedman in the statement. “His experience and success in developing and managing investment strategies will add great value to our differentiated equity investment offerings.”

The move comes as Henderson moves closer to completing its merger with U.S. rival Janus, announced in October of last year. In addition to Beesley's departure as head of equities, Henderson's head of U.S. credit, Kevin Loome, has also left, as has ex-multi-asset research chief Chris Paine.

Headquartered in Zürich, GAM is an independent asset manager providing active investment solutions and products for institutions, financial intermediaries and private investors under two brands: GAM and Julius Baer Funds. The group had assets under management of CHF 119.1 billion ($122.9 billion) as of 30 September 2016.

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