Robeco has strengthened its sustainable themes investment teams with the addition of eight professionals. In a press release, the asset manager has announced the appointment of Roman Boner as lead Portfolio Manager of the RobecoSAM Smart Energy strategy. The teams will be further reinforced by seven equity analysts over the coming months.
“Our Trends & Thematic investment offering has seen strong growth, and our dedication, ambition and commitment allows us to attract the best world-class professionals. The capability is now stronger than ever before and we will keep adding investment professionals to further strengthen our teams in order to help achieving our clients’ financial and sustainability goals”, said Mark van der Kroft, CIO Fundamental and Quant Equity at Robeco.
David Hrdina, Chair of the Executive Committee at Robeco Switzerland, commented that with these appointments they are sending “a strong signal” to their clients and the market that Robeco Switzerland is “the center for Sustainable Thematic Asset Management, which can attract top-tier professionals”. “We made an important step in further bolstering the investment engine in Zurich. But this step was not the last one”, he added.
Based in Zurich, Boner is an experienced thematic investment manager. He joins Robeco from Woodman Asset Management, where he built up its impact offering. Previously he was Senior Portfolio Manager at Swisscanto, where he was responsible for managing different sustainable/thematic global equity funds and co-managed sustainable multi-asset funds. He also held various positions at UBS Global Asset Management, including Portfolio Manager focused on thematic sustainable equity strategies.
Besides, Pieter Busscher has been appointed lead Portfolio Manager of the RobecoSAM Smart Mobility strategy, having served as Deputy Portfolio Manager of this strategy since its launch in 2018. He has been with the firm since 2007 and is also the lead Portfolio Manager of the RobecoSAM Smart Materials Strategy.
Robeco’s deep bench of thematic investment professionals is further enhanced by the appointments of analysts Michael Studer, Mutlu Gundogan, Sanaa Hakim, Clément Chamboulive, Alyssa Cornuz, Simone Pozzi, and Diego Salvador Barrero.
Studer will be named Senior Equity Analyst focusing on Technology. He will also be the Deputy Portfolio Manager for the Smart Energy strategy. He joins from Acoro AM, where he was an investment manager, and has 13 years’ experience as an equity analyst/investment manager, working at Julius Baer and Bank J. Safra Sarasin and other firms.
Gundogan, CFA, will join as Senior Analyst from ABN AMRO – ODDO BHF, where he was Senior Equity Analyst covering the Chemicals sector. He will focus on the Materials sector and brings over 17 years’ experience as a financial analyst. As for Hakim, she will be appointed Senior Equity Analyst for Energy Efficiency & Renewables. With 6 years of experience as an investment analyst, she joins from Independent Franchise Partners and previously she was at Capital Group.
Chamboulive will join as Senior Analyst, also focusing on the Technology sector and its role in the electrification of the transport system. He worked at 2Xideas and prior to that at Baillie Gifford, and has 7 years’ experience as an Investment Analyst. Meanwhile, Cornuz, CFA, will be named Equity Analyst for the RobecoSAM Sustainable Healthy Living Equities strategy, with a focus on Consumer-related sectors. She joins from Credit Suisse and has five years’ experience as an equity and fund analyst. Previously she was at Nordea, where she was a fundamental equity analyst for thematic funds, fully integrating ESG aspects.
Furthermore, Pozzi will become Equity Analyst focusing on Industrial Automation and Process Technologies. He joins from Alantra, where he was an equity analyst and has more than six years of experience. Lastly, Salvador Barrero, CFA, has been appointed Equity Analyst for the Energy Distribution & Renewables team. He joins from BBVA AM in Spain, where he was an ESG equity portfolio manager. He has ten years’ experience as an equity analyst/portfolio manager, working at Aviva and other firms.