Henderson Global appoints Stephen Thariyan as head of credit

Henderson Global Investors has appointed Stephen Thariyan as head of credit, in charge of the firm's 17-strong credit alpha team of portfolio managers and credit analysts responsible for more than GBP12bn of credit portfolios within a product range including hedge and high alpha funds.

Thariyan, who joins from Rogge Global Partners, will be based in London and report to head of fixed income David Jacob. For the past three years, he was the portfolio manager at Rogge responsible for investing in corporate bonds and credit derivatives globally, following five years as head of credit research. He was previously a director and senior analyst at NatWest Markets' credit rating and research unit, where he led teams of sector analysts in credit research and ratings advisory.

Henderson has also recently appointed Leigh Talbot as a credit analyst and Colin Fleury as an asset-backed securities portfolio manager within the fixed-income team. Talbot has more than 13 years' experience of analysing global credit markets, and her sector coverage includes autos, energy, paper and packaging, capital goods and aerospace and defence, following spells an analyst with CDC IXIS in Paris and Loomis Sayles in Boston and latterly as a high yield credit analyst with Morley Fund Management.

Fleury joins Henderson's structured products team, which currently manages GBP2.8bn in structured credit, including GBP1.7bn in asset-backed securities, and reports to head of structured products Jim Irvine. He has more than 20 years' experience in corporate finance, credit and structured credit from industry and investment banking, and was most recently a director and portfolio manager for asset-backed securities at Winchester Capital, a subsidiary of Deutsche Bank, in London

'Over the past three years we have built a very strong credit team by attracting and developing top talent,' Jacob says. 'I am confident that someone of Stephen's calibre and experience will continue to drive the team forward and build on our strengths. Similarly, Leigh and Colin bring with them skills and experience which will further enhance the team.

'There is no doubt that the credit market has become increasingly sophisticated with the use of derivatives continuing apace. We have invested heavily in our infrastructure making us one of the leading buy-side credit derivative investors in Europe. Over the past 12 months we have dealt in excess of GBP17bn in CDS indices and single names and we are increasingly using them across our product range.'

Henderson's 60-strong fixed income team manages GBP22bn on behalf of retail and institutional clients. Since arriving at Henderson in 2005, Jacob has restructured the fixed-income business into six alpha teams covering emerging market debt, interest rates, credit, secured loans, asset-backed securities, currency and economics. Henderson has also developed an infrastructure to allow the team full use of derivatives.

Established in 1934, Henderson Global Investors is an independent global asset management firm serving institutional, retail and high net worth clients with access to asset classes including equities, fixed income, property and private capital. London-based Henderson had GBP61.6bn assets under management at the end of June and employs some 900 people worldwide.

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