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Four more quit Swip to join Currie emerging team

Martin Currie has recruited four more members of Scottish Widows Investment Partnership’s global emerging markets desk.

Currie says the appointments of Andrew Ness, Jeff Casson, Divya Mathur and Mohammed Zaidi now complete its emerging markets team after the firm appointed Swip’s Kim Catechis and Alastair Reynolds last month to lead the team.

All four new recruits were investment directors for global emerging markets at Swip.

Ness is a portfolio manager of Gem sustainability portfolios and, as a sector analyst, he covers stocks in the Gem financials sector.

Casson is lead manager of Latin American strategy and backs up Alastair Reynolds in the management of the Gem smaller companies strategy while, as a sector analyst, he is responsible for stocks within the telecom and consumer sectors.

Mathur is lead manager on the Gem core mandates and also covers the energy sector while Zaidi is the lead manager of the Gem Shariah mandates and co-manages the Gem balanced mandates. Zaidi also covers the industrials and materials sectors as an analyst.

Swip has appointed Mike McNaught-Davis as head of international equities with immediate effect. Swip says McNaught-Davis’ role was newly created following a decision to combine the global developed and global emerging markets to form an international equities team. He joined the group in March 2008 as investment director.

The company has also appointed Peter Cockburn as head of UK equities.

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