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Tim Buckley, chief investment officer, Vanguard

Vanguard makes key investment management appointments

Vanguard has made five key investment management appointments as part of the firm's long-standing practice of periodically rotating members of its investment management teams to broaden their experience and provide them with new responsibilities.

“We have found that there are significant benefits to our clients and our crew when we offer our investment professionals the opportunity to broaden their skill set,” says Vanguard chief investment officer Tim Buckley (pictured). “In addition to offering growth and development potential to individual portfolio managers, it also enables Vanguard to build an investment team that is deep, experienced, and globally oriented. Our world-class investment management teams, along with our low costs, are sources of a great competitive strength and contribute to competitive fund performance over time.”

Joseph Brennan, who served in Australia as the firm’s Asia Pacific chief investment officer  since 2009, will return to the US to lead the equity index group.

Brennan, whose move was announced in Australia in November 2012, will oversee the investment professionals responsible for more than 80 US and international equity index funds and ETFs, representing nearly USD1trn in indexed assets. Prior to his Australian post, the 12-year Vanguard veteran managed the portfolio review department, which selects investment advisory firms, monitors funds, and develops new products.

Gregory Davis, head of the bond index group since 2007, will assume the Asia Pacific CIO role, as also announced in November.

Davis will head Vanguard Australia's team of investment professionals, who manage equity and fixed income portfolios available to Australian and Asian investors. Vanguard Australia has nearly USD64bn in assets under management.

Josh Barrickman, a 14-year Vanguard veteran with more than ten years of experience in bond indexing portfolio management and trading, has assumed leadership of the bond index group. He previously managed bond index funds with aggregate assets of USD90bn and led Vanguard’s bond ETF management process since the 2007 inception of fixed income ETF shares. With Davis’ new role, Barrickman has been named a manager or co-manager on 13 funds, including the flagship USD115bn Vanguard Total Bond Market Index Fund.

John Ameriks will oversee the active equity group within the equity investment group.

Ameriks joined Vanguard’s investment counselling & research group (IC&R), which conducts investment research and helps to develop the firm’s investment advice methodology, in 2003. He assumed leadership of the group in 2008 and has been closely involved in the structure and implementation of several active and index investment products and strategies. The active equity group manages USD13bn in quantitative equity fund assets, serving as investment adviser to Vanguard Strategic Equity Fund and Vanguard Strategic Small-Cap Equity, as well as managing portions of 10 other Vanguard stock funds.

Catherine Gordon, a veteran investment professional who created IC&R in 2001, will reassume leadership of this group, as well as help to lead Vanguard’s initiatives on advice methodology and focus on institutional investment thought leadership. Gordon previously directed Vanguard Institutional Advisory Services, which provides portfolio management and advisory services to defined benefit plans, endowments and foundations. In addition to her advisory and research leadership, Gordon, who joined Vanguard in 1994, spent several years with the portfolio review department.

Separately, Vanguard announced new portfolio management assignments involving 15 equity funds, 11 fixed income funds, two balanced funds and the Vanguard Target Retirement Fund series.

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