Bennett, who joins from GAM, will replace current managers Roger Guy and Guillaume Rambourg on both the European select opportunities fund and the Sicav Continental European fund when he joins the firm in early 2010.
Bennett currently runs the GAM Star Continental European equity fund, his appointment will allow both Guy and Rambourg to focus on their alternative and institutional mandates. The pair currently manage three hedge funds, two European absolute return funds and the Gartmore European investment trust.
Bennett will report to Gartmore chief investment officer Dominic Rossi.
Guy says: “John is a great fund manager. He follows a blended investment process focused on large-cap stocks similar to the process Guillaume and I use. He has a wealth of experience and a long standing track record of success which will expand and diversify our European Equity capabilities. I look forward to working with John and am delighted that he has decided to join us.”