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Manulife Asset Management names Chris Fellingham as Head of Liquid Alternative Strategies

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Manulife Asset Management has named Chris Fellingham as Senior Managing Director, Head of Liquid Alternative Strategies. The appointment is effective 13 June. 

Fellingham will report to Chris Conkey, Executive Vice President, Global CIO, Manulife Asset Management, and be based in London.

"We are pleased to welcome Chris to Manulife Asset Management. He brings significant expertise in liquid alternative investment strategies, a strong client-focus and decades of global asset management experience," says Conkey. "We created this new role to drive our growth strategy in liquid alternatives. Chris will play a significant role leading the expansion of our range of absolute return and outcome oriented capabilities, including stand-alone and multi-asset class strategy solutions, that we believe will meet the needs of institutional and wealth clients globally," Mr. Conkey added.

"We are seeing increasing client demand for strategies that can provide outcomes specific to their needs, with a critical focus on risk management," says Kai Sotorp, President and CEO, Manulife Asset Management. "Chris will make a strong contribution to developing this sought after and rapidly evolving market segment. Over the course of his career, Chris has successfully devised and delivered on a strategic expansion into liquid alternative strategies. The franchise Chris will develop will complement our strategic asset allocation business, managed by the Portfolio Solutions Group (PSG)." PSG manages traditional target date and target risk strategies, as well as alternatives solutions, overseeing GBP74 billion (CAD135 billion) in AUM.

Most recently, Fellingham was Chief Investment Officer of Ignis Asset Management, which was acquired by Standard Life Investments Limited. Prior to that, he served as CEO and Partner of Soros Fund Management UK LLP. He also has held a series of leadership roles at Mercury Asset Management, Merrill Lynch Investment Managers and BlackRock. Mr. Fellingham began his career at Royal Insurance Asset Management. He holds an honours bachelor degree in Mathematics from Manchester University.

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