The former head of multi-manager at F&C, Dean Cheeseman, has joined Mercer as an equity portfolio manager within its investment management business.
Based in London, he will be responsible for discretionary manager selection for the firm's global and UK equity mandates. He will also lead on the appointment of fund managers to Mercer's recently launched workplace savings platform. Cheeseman will oversee in excess of $2bn of discretionary clients' assets.
Tom Murphy, head of investment management for Europe, Middle East and Africa, says: "Dean's extensive portfolio management experience will bring additional strength to our expanding EMEA investment team, which now manages over $8.5bn of assets.
"In particular, his retail investment background will be valuable to our workplace savings platform which will include investment vehicles such as ISAs and unit trusts."
Cheeseman left F&C by mutual consent in September last year, along with fund manager Oliver Sonnbichler, following the group's merger with Thames River.
Cheeseman's colleague Paul Carne stepped in to take over the management of the F&C Lifestyle risk-rated multi-manager range.
Before joining F&C in 2007, Cheeseman was head of developed markets at Forsyth Partners, responsible for OBSR ratings, and previously worked for Morgan Stanley Quilter.
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