Last updated: 06:50 / Tuesday, 30 March 2021
Four appointments

Vontobel Strengthens its Global Fixed Income Team in New York and Zurich

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  • Pamela Gelles has been named Senior Credit Analyst on the Developed Market Corporate Bonds team in New York
  • Marc van Heems has joined as Portfolio Manager for the Global Corporate Bond strategy in Zurich
  • The Zurich offices will also welcome Jean-Michel Manry as Head of Fixed Income Trading and Nicolas Hauser as Fixed Income Trader

Vontobel has expanded its fixed income team with four seasoned new hires in Zurich and New York. The asset manager pointed out in a press release that the appointments -which follow four new hires in January across its Zurich and Hong Kong offices- reinforce its commitment to attracting the best investment talent to drive value for investors.

Pamela Gelles has been named Senior Credit Analyst on the Developed Market Corporate Bonds team in New York. She joins Vontobel after eight years at BNP Paribas Asset Management, where she was a credit analyst following both investment grade and high yield companies within the consumer products, retail, hospitality and transportation sectors. She also co-created and implemented an ESG methodology for the company’s credit analysis.

Prior to that, Gelles covered various industry sectors, including healthcare and utilities, at BNY Mellon Asset Management, Foresters Financial, NLI International and The Carlyle Group. She also spent 12 years as a ratings analyst at Standard & Poor’s.

Another outstanding designation is that of Marc van Heems as Portfolio Manager for the Global Corporate Bond strategy in Zurich. He joins Vontobel from Lombard Odier Investment Management, where he was a portfolio manager for European and Emerging Markets Credit, responsible for active implementation of trades in investment grade and BB-rated bonds, including senior and subordinated cash bonds and credit default swaps. As a credit analyst, he covered non-financial sectors in developed markets and Asia, including Autos/Parts Suppliers, Defense/Aerospace, Capital Goods, China Real Estate, Indian Renewables and Energy.

The Zurich offices will also welcome as Head of Fixed Income Trading Jean-Michel Manry, a seasoned Operations and Trading Manager with expertise in derivatives, fixed income and forex. He joins from Rama Capital, a Geneva-based family office where he was an Operational and Trading Advisor. Prior to that, Manry spent 18 years at Pictet Asset Management, where he was Head of Fixed Income Trading and later became Head of Buy-side Trading for Multi-Asset strategies.

Lastly, Nicolas Hauser has been appointed Fixed Income Trader in Zurich. He joins from Fisch Asset Management, where he was responsible for trading and execution of corporate bonds and convertible bonds, as well as FX and futures. His expertise also includes futures trading for CTA managed futures accounts and interest rate risk hedging.

Simon Lue-Fong, Head of Fixed Income at Vontobel, highlighted that these hires reflect "the continued growth of, and investment into," their global fixed income offering. "The volatility in markets over the last few months has demonstrated the importance of a truly active approach and the value of our high conviction active management style. Marc and Pamela will play key roles in helping to deliver value for our clients, and the knowledge and insight they provide will be instrumental in supporting the rest of the team", he added.

Currently, the Fixed Income team consists of 41 investment professionals located in Zurich, New York and Hong Kong.

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