Rod Barker has joined International Standard Asset Management, an absolute return investment company with a global macro fund, as a director and partner.
Barker will work alongside chief executive Stanley Fink to support the development of the firm's business with particular focus on expanding ISAM's institutional distribution capabilities, new product development and enhancing and scaling-up ISAM's operational capabilities.
Barker has enjoyed a successful career to date in the institutional equities, prime brokerage, and hedge fund sectors. Most recently he was co-chief executive of Renaissance Investment Management, the asset and wealth management division of Moscow-based Renaissance Group. He joined RIM in January 2008 from listed hedge fund group RAB Capital where he was director of business development and a member of the executive board.
Prior to joining RAB, Barker was a managing director of Credit Suisse with responsibility for international prime services and hedge fund coverage in Europe and Asia and before this a managing director of Morgan Stanley, which he joined in 1987.
Fink says: 'We are delighted that Rod is joining ISAM. We have ambitious plans for the development of our business and Rod's extensive experience will be invaluable as we look to broaden our product offering and grow funds under management. His appointment further enhances our operational capabilities and brings additional strength and depth to the senior management team.'
Barker says: 'I am pleased to be joining ISAM at this key stage in the development of the business. It has been clear to me during all of my conversations with the Directors that they are fully committed to a growth strategy, and to making a distinctive mark in the industry. In Stanley Fink, ISAM has one of the most respected figures in the global hedge fund business and I am particularly excited to have the opportunity to work alongside him.'