Local fund managers Mint Asset Management and Devon Funds have boosted their respective marketing capabilities with new hires last week.
Annabelle Karl joins Mint as marketing manager after a five-year career promoting brands in various industries – including several years with property investment firms – both in NZ and the UK.
Karl has experience in developing and managing client relationships, particularly through innovative digital channels.
“With previous experience in the property investment industry, she is passionate about helping clients achieve their financial goals,” a Mint release says. “… Annabelle will be responsible for growing the Mint brand and manage all its marketing activities.”
She reports to Mint head of sales and marketing, David Boyle.
Also last week, fellow Auckland-based boutique Devon named Greg Smith in a newly created role of head of distribution and strategy.
Smith was previously head of research for Australian investment house, Fat Prophets, featuring as market commentator for the firm in many media outlets in an almost 20-year career with the firm.
Before Fat Prophets he served as global investment operations manager for Mellon Global Investments in the UK.
Slade Robertson, Devon managing director, said in a statement: “Greg has an excellent track record of operating in the financial markets. He will play an important role for us in representing our business across multiple channels with a particular focus on the financial adviser networks and retail clients.”
Across the Tasman last week, Andrew Creber assumed the top job at J P Morgan Asset Management (JPMAM) Australia and NZ, replacing Rachel Farrell.
Creber comes to the role after a more than 22-year stint with JP Morgan, most recently as the Singapore-based deputy chief administrative officer for the Asia Pacific region.
“I’m looking forward to helping further strengthen our client relationships and investment capabilities [in Australia and NZ],” he said in a release. “As part of this, we will accelerate our focus on providing industry-leading sustainable investment expertise and on continuing to expand our alternatives investment offerings, as clients increasingly focus on these two critical areas.”
Farrell will retire later this year following four years as JPMAM Australia and NZ chief in a 10-year plus career with the US-headquartered asset manager.
JPMAM serves as underlying manager for the Nikko Asset Management multi-strategy hedge fund-of-funds product.