Columbia Threadneedle Investments has appointed a new senior investment grade insurance portfolio manager to its London office.
John Hampton takes up the role at the global asset management group, having joined from Aviva Investors where he was head of sterling investment grade credit, and led the integration of Aviva Investors and Friends Life Investments corporate bond teams.
Prior to his role at Aviva, Hampton was head of credit at Friends Life Investments and held similar senior roles at Liverpool Victoria Asset Management.
Hampton will be responsible for managing investment grade credit portfolios for Columbia Threadneedle Investments’ European insurance clients, and will work with the global insurance team to develop its proposition and grow its assets under management, the company said.
Andrew Nicoll, global head of insurance at the firm, said that regulations such as Solvency II and a backdrop of “increasingly challenging economic conditions” had resulted in the needs of insurance clients becoming more complex.
“John has a wealth of experience in constructing and managing investment portfolios that consistently achieve clients’ target outcomes,” he said.
“This, coupled with his knowledge of the insurance landscape, makes him an excellent addition to the team and ensures that we continue to deliver for our clients and provide the bespoke investment strategies that many of our insurance clients now require,” Nicoll added.
The move follows the recent appointment of Eugene Dimitriou as head of insurance solutions, and further strengthens the insurance asset management capabilities of the company, it said.
Hampton will report to Alasdair Ross, head of investment grade at the firm.
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