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GLG expands macro and fixed income team

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GLG, the discretionary investment manager of Man Group, has made a number of senior hires to its macro and fixed income team.

The appointments are part of a focus on expanding GLG’s strategy as it relates to absolute return macro and fixed income.

Manny Roman (pictured), chief executive of GLG and chief executive-designate of Man, says: “In a world where mainstream economies and developing markets are increasingly integrated, there are tremendous opportunities for investors who want to take advantage of global capital flows while at the same time leveraging regional themes. As part of a strategic focus on this area, I am pleased to announce further high calibre additions to the macro and fixed income team at GLG.”

The overall macro and fixed income platform will be co-headed by Jamil Baz and Sudi Mariappa. As announced in October, Mariappa joined GLG after a career at PIMCO, where he built and ran the firm’s USD80bn international fixed-income offering. He will focus on developing a GLG fixed income strategy and Baz will continue to run GLG’s macro strategy assisted by Ludovic Feuillet. Baz also acts as GLG’s chief investment strategist.

They will be assisted in building out GLG’s macro and fixed-income platform with the following new hires:

• Kumaran Damodaran joins Sudi from PIMCO as a portfolio manager focusing on emerging markets within GLG’s fixed income platform. Damodaran has significant experience managing absolute return and outperformance portfolios and has worked closely with Mariappa in the past. 
• Brian Pinto will join from the World Bank to take on the role of senior macro-economist, specialising in emerging markets. With many publications to his credit, Pinto has spent nearly 30 years at the World Bank, where he is currently senior adviser, focusing on sovereign debt, financial integration and growth in emerging markets. He will work closely with GLG strategist Driss Lamrani.
• Richard Bateson joins from Man AHL as a senior quantitative analyst. He currently heads a strategy within AHL which trades trend, reversion and value strategies across over 150 markets. He is also an associate of the Oxford-Man Institute, Oxford University.

Mariappa says: “I am pleased to be leading GLG’s expansion in this area alongside someone as distinguished as Jamil. We have already been developing a unique common research platform covering analytics and macro-economic research, which the team will use to inform their investment decisions. The addition of Kumaran, Brian and Richard will be invaluable in developing this and our associated investment management offering.”

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