Ignis appoints Chris Fellingham as CIO, Fixed Income
Ignis Asset Management is delighted to announce the appointment of Chris Fellingham as Chief Investment Officer, Fixed Income. Chris joins Ignis from George Soros’ London based asset management business where he has been working since 2008. Chris will join the Ignis Board and take overall responsibility for the company’s circa £50bn of fixed income assets. Peter Reid remains CIO responsible for all other asset classes.
Chris brings a wealth of experience to Ignis. Prior to joining Soros he spent 12 years at Blackrock/Merrill Lynch/Mercury Asset Management where he was Head of the London based Fixed Income teams. Previously, Chris had spent 10 years at Royal Insurance, again as Head of Fixed Income.
Chris Fellingham, comments:
“I am delighted to be joining the Ignis investment team at such an exciting phase in the business’ development. My key focus will be on accelerating the development of Ignis’ Fixed Income capability and increasing the attractiveness of our proposition to investors. Ignis has a great reputation in Fixed Interest investment and the focus of the team will be to further enhance this.”
Chris’ appointment follows the announcement that Rob Page will be joining Ignis from Liontrust as Marketing Director and marks another major milestone in Ignis’ strategic objective of becoming a top five UK investment management house. In addition, the recent recruitment of nine people to develop Ignis’ European distribution business bears testament to the business’ proactive growth strategy across all markets. Ignis is one of the UK’s largest investment managers managing approximately £71 billion* of assets on behalf of nine million investors across the globe.
Chris Samuel, Chief Executive at Ignis Asset Management, says:
“Chris’ appointment is obviously a major coup. His experience and input will be invaluable to the business. This is another major step towards ensuring that we have the investment and management talent to deliver on our aspirations. We have ambitious plans and 2010 will be a year of significant investment in building both our investment capability and the Ignis brand. I am delighted that we are able to attract people of the calibre of Chris Fellingham to help achieve our goals.”
*At 30 September 2009