Ardea adds senior hire to investment team

Fixed income specialist Ardea Investment Management has made a senior appointment to its investment team as part of a strategic plan to capitalise on future growth opportunities.

Ardea has appointed Dr Laura Ryan to a newly created role as Head of Research, in which capacity she will progressively build a new research team to support Ardea’s growing investment capabilities.

Prior to Ardea, Laura was Senior Vice President (Quantitative Research) and member of the Australian senior management team at PIMCO, Manager of Quantitative Strategy at CBA, Quantitative Manager at AMP Capital Investors and a Lecturer in Statistics at the Australian National University (ANU).
Laura’s 21 years of global financial markets experience brings depth of technical knowledge and experience across a range of fixed income investing capabilities, including Ardea’s specialisation of ‘relative value’ investing. Laura also has a breadth of experience extending beyond fixed income to portfolio construction, asset allocation and portfolio risk management.
The research team, headed by Laura, will increase the breadth of Ardea’s global fixed income coverage by supporting portfolio managers in researching and developing relative value investment strategies. Leveraging Laura’s rare combination of strong academic credentials and extensive practical investment experience, the team will also produce value-add research and thought leadership for clients which will be independent of Ardea’s product offerings.
In announcing Laura’s appointment, Ardea’s CEO and co-founder Stephen Clout, says: “We are thrilled to have someone of Laura’s calibre joining our investment team. Not only is she exceptional in terms of technical skills and investment experience, she is also a great cultural fit, being strongly aligned with our core values around client service and teamwork.

“Creating a research team under Laura is a key component of our strategic plan to prepare Ardea for a strong pipeline of long-term growth opportunities. This is a pre-emptive investment in resourcing to ensure we maintain our highest standards of alpha generation and client service as we continue to grow in a considered and sustainable way.”
Ardea has also added Tom McFadyen as a Risk Analyst within the Portfolio Implementation team. McFadyen has worked with Ardea previously as part of an internship programme with The University of Sydney. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Mechatronics and a Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in Finance. With further hires planned over the course of 2020 to ensure Ardea is adequately resourced for future growth we have also appointed Anna Price as Office Manager to support Ardea’s growing team and company culture.