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Mark Burgess leaves Columbia Threadneedle

Burgess helped bring together regional operations to create a global investment capability


Columbia Threadneedle’s chief investment officer for EMEA Mark Burgess is stepping down after ten years in the role to be replaced by global head of equities William Davies.

Burgess, who also fulfilled the role of deputy global CIO, has decided to take a career break. Davies will report to Colin Moore, the firm’s global CIO.

Burgess joined Threadneedle Investments as CIO in November 2010. During his tenure he led the EMEA Investment department of more than 160, with overall responsibility for the performance of all EMEA investment strategies.

He has been a strong advocate of Columbia Threadneedle’s investment philosophy based on sharing of insights and debate across asset classes.

He became Deputy Global CIO in 2017, partnering with Colin Moore to bring together Columbia Threadneedle’s EMEA, US and Asian-based operations and create a global investment capability encompassing equities, fixed income, commodities, multi-asset and infrastructure.

Global chief investment officer Colin Moore says: “Mark has been a passionate advocate of our investment process and has led and nurtured a culture of collaboration that is core to our enviable long-term performance record. He has maintained a steadfast focus on our responsibility and duty of care to our clients. As Deputy Global CIO he has helped shape our global investment organisation and capability to respond to the differing needs of our clients around the world.”

Nico Jackson joins JO Hambro’s Continental Europe fund

J O Hambro Capital Management (JOHCM) has appointed Nico Jackson as senior analyst on the JOHCM Continental European fund to work with senior fund manager Paul Wild.

Jackson joined JOHCM in August. He was previously a senior analyst and portfolio manager at Geneva-based asset manager Jabre Capital Partners, where he worked on European and US equity long/short investment strategies.

Prior to Jabre, he served as a director, European Equity Sales at Deutsche Bank and also worked in European equity sales for Bear Stearns.

Wild says: “Nico is an experienced European equity investor who can combine top-down macro- driven analysis with a fundamental approach to stock selection, making him an ideal appointment for the fund.”

Wild has managed the £1.1 billion JOHCM Continental European Fund since 2007. The fund has a focus on European large and mid-cap stocks.