Columbia Threadneedle Investments has appointed Jeremy Smith to the new role of Head of UK Equity Research. He joins in September to lead the UK research team and further develop Columbia Threadneedle’s UK equity research capabilities. His appointment follows that of new analyst recruits Phil Macartney and Sonal Sagar.
Jeremy will be based in London and will report to Leigh Harrison, Head of Equities, Europe. He joins from Liberum Capital where he was part of the Equities Sales team. He has 23 years of experience and has held various roles in asset management including Head of UK Equities at Neptune Investment Management and Director in the UK large cap team at Schroders.
Leigh Harrison, Head of Equities, Europe, said: “Jeremy’s appointment comes at a fantastic time. We have been experiencing great success across the product range; with our UK and European funds AUM at record highs this year and the UK Absolute Alpha Fund reaching £500m this month. Active management and insight are a key part of our ability to deliver successful outcomes for our clients and Jeremy’s strong track record and extensive experience will further enhance our client proposition.”
Jeremy’s appointment follows Mark Nicholls who joined the European Equity team as a Portfolio Manager in May this year. Phil Macartney joined the UK Equity team in March 2015 from Bramshott Capital where he was a senior equity analyst and Sonal Sagar also joined the UK Equity team in May 2015 from Jefferies International where she was an equity research analyst. Phil has eight years and Sonar has nine years of investment experience.