Threadneedle rebuilds US equity desk with four hires

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Threadneedle Investments has bolstered its $17 billion US equities team with four new hires, the asset management announced.

The hires mark the first stages of a re-strengthening of the investment firm’s unit following the departure of several senior staff members.

This saw former department head Cormac Weldon and fund manager Stephen Moore, as well as five analysts, join London-based boutique Artemis Investments earlier this year.

Among the new hires joining Threadneedle are Benedikt Blomberg, Nicolas Janvier and Amit Kumar join the company as analysts, reporting to the head of US equities Diane Sobin

Blomberg and Janvier join from Columbia Management, which along with Threadneedle, comprise the global asset management business of Ameriprise Financial.

Nicolas Janvier will maintain his analytical duties and responsibilities with Columbia Management’s New York-based value team.  Amit Kumar joins from Artham Capital Partners. 

In addition, Richard Adams, who was previously an analytics manager in the reporting and information services team at Threadneedle, joins the US equities team as client portfolio manager.

The appointments follow that of US fund manager Nadia Grant, who joined from JP Morgan last January. Threadneedle’s US equities team currently comprises 10 fund managers and analysts.

According to the firm, the appointments of Blomberg, Janvier and Kumar, who all have more than 10 years of experience in asset management, will provide a full coverage across all sectors of US equities.

Commenting on the new hires, the Threadneedle’s chief investment officer Mark Burgess said: ‘I am very pleased about the swift progress we have made in enhancing our London-based US equities team, while at the same time increasing our collaboration with Columbia Management’s US equities team.'

'This brings our clients the benefit of a fully resourced team that leverages the significant capabilities, intellectual capital and strength of both organisations.’