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Columbia Threadneedle strengthens US equity desk

Columbia Threadneedle strengthens US equity desk

Columbia Threadneedle has bolstered the fund manager line-up across two of its main US equity strategies, the asset management firm has revealed.

In the first change, the company has named Nicolas Janvier as co-manager on the €798 million Threadneedle American Smaller Companies fund.

Janvier, who joined the London-based US equities team in June 2014, reports to Diane Sobin, head of US equities, EMEA and lead manager of the strategy. She has been on the fund since April 2012.

Commenting on the appointment, a spokesperson for Columbia Threadneedle told Citywire Global: 'He is responsible for researching US companies across the consumer staples, materials, telecoms and utilities’ sectors. His appointment as co-manager formalizes his increasing responsibilities and great contribution to the fund.’

Prior to being assigned to the funds, Janvier worked as a portfolio manager in the value strategies team within Columbia Management before focusing on the US mid and small cap companies.  

Meanwhile,  Sobin retains her role as a lead manager on a number of other US equities funds, among them the €3 billion Threadneedle American fund and the €2 billion Threadneedle American Select funds.

Meanwhile, Amit Kumar has been promoted to a co-manager on the Threadneedle (Lux) American Absolute Alpha fund, a position which he formally assumed at the end of October. He will co-manage the strategy alongside Ashish Kochar.

‘Amit joined the company in 2014 and has since played a key role in generating investment ideas for our US equities portfolios. As a key member of the team, he has greatly contributed to the fund’s performance in the past year.’

This move means Neil Robson, who was previously a fund manager of the strategy, will now be fully dedicated to global equities and focus primarily on the Threadneedle Global Extended Alpha fund. Robson had been on the fund since early 2014.

These changes serve to further solidify Columbia Threadneedle’s US equity team, which saw several new hires in mid-2014 following a large-scale exodus from the team, including former US equity head Cormac Weldon, to UK boutique Artemis Partners earlier in the same year

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