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High alpha boutique Argonaut Capital Partners, a specialist in managing European equities, has appointed Keith Speck as sales manager, London & Europe.
Speck joins Argonaut from Baker Tilly Investment Solutions (previously RSM Tenon Investment Solutions), where he led the investment team.
Prior to RSM Tenon, Speck was head of multi-manager at Santander Asset Management, with responsibility for managing the bank’s multi-manager fund ranges, and assets under management in excess of GBP3bn. Speck also managed a fund range for an institutional client, and was responsible for launching the bank’s Portfolio Investments range of funds.
Starting his investment career at UBS Private Bank in London in 1993, Speck held a fund manager role at AXA Framlington between 2005 and 2008, managing the AXA Framlington Growth, Balanced and Cautious Income Fund of Funds, and was alternate manager for the Dynamic, Income and Reserve Funds. He has also held fund manager/analyst roles with Berry Asset Management plc and Prudential Bache International Bank.
Speck will work closely with head of sales Keith Rumbelow in his new role, sharing responsibility for delivering Argonaut’s sales and distribution strategy in both the UK and Europe.
Rumbelow says: “I have known Keith since 1997 and am thrilled that he has decided to join the Argonaut team. He brings with him more than two decades of fund management experience and has the gravitas, personal skills and qualities which clients respect. Keith will work alongside me in building relationships and the Argonaut brand with key accounts in London and across key European markets.”
Speck says: “Argonaut boasts one of the foremost European equity fund management teams with a compelling range of European growth, high income and absolute return funds. With Europe back in favour with many investors, strong interest in the firm’s positions in the periphery countries and excellent performance numbers to shout about, this is a very exciting time to be joining the firm. I look forward to the challenges ahead, and to playing a full role in helping Argonaut to fulfil its ambitious growth plans.”
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