GAM Investments today announced the appointment of Alison Wallis as Director – Institutional Business. Alison is based in Sydney and will report to Alex Zaika, Managing Director for Australia.
In this new role, Alison will be responsible for business development and servicing the institutional market in Australia. Her appointment will further enhance GAM’s local support and deepen relationships with Australian clients.
Her appointment follows growing interest from Australian superannuation funds in GAM’s differentiated product offering, including its GAM Systematic alternative risk premia and insurance linked securities offerings, which continue to see positive net flows.
Alison joins GAM from Brookvine, where she spent six years as Director, servicing institutional investors. She was formerly a client manager at Deutsche Bank, where she managed strategic relationships with clients and prospects for the firm’s fixed income and equity products. Alison began her career at Morningstar, initially on the graduate training programme, before becoming an analyst on the fund research team, where she covered all asset classes.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of California and a master’s degree in international business and commerce in quantitative finance from the University of Sydney. She also holds the Chartered Alternative Investments Analyst (CAIA) designation.
Alex Zaika, Managing Director for Australia, said: “Alison has an excellent reputation in the Australian market and brings a wealth of knowledge across asset classes. She will be a valuable addition to our team as we continue to expand our local offering for Australian clients and provide them with differentiated investment solutions.”
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GAM is a leading independent, pure-play asset manager. The company provides active investment solutions and products for institutions, financial intermediaries and private investors. The core investment business is complemented by private labelling services, which include management company and other support services to thirdparty asset managers. GAM employs around 900 people in 14 countries with investment centres in London, Cambridge, Zurich, Hong Kong, New York, Milan and Lugano. The investment managers are supported by an extensive global distribution network.
Headquartered in Zurich, GAM is listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange and is a component of the Swiss Market Index Mid (SMIM) with the symbol ‘GAM’. The Group has AuM of CHF 137.4 billion (USD 138.0 billion) as at 31 March 2019, excluding ARBF-related AuM of CHF 1.35 billion in liquidation.