First Sentier appoints investment management head

First Sentier Investors has announced the appointment of David Allen to the role of global head of investment management.

Allen, who joined from AMP Capital where he was most recently as global chief investment officer, equities based in London, has over 20 years of global asset management experience specialising in building investment businesses and leading investment teams.

In his new role, he would lead First Sentier Investors’ investment teams, excluding FSSA Investment Managers and Stewart Investors, and would contribute to the development and execution of the firm’s corporate strategy. He would also play a key role in commercialising and growing investment capabilities for the business.

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As part of his role, Allen would be responsible and accountable for achieving the firm’s gender diversity target for women to represent at least 40% of its investment management staff by 2033, as part of our public commitment to the Financial Services Council’s Women in Investment Management Charter.

Prior to this, he held senior investment leadership roles at Sarasin and Partners, Fidelity International, and Pioneer Investments. In these roles he led teams across a wide range of capabilities, including equities, fixed income, multi-asset, environmental, social, governance (ESG), dealing, risk management and operations.

First Sentier Investors chief executive, Mark Steinberg, said: “We are pleased to have attracted someone of David's calibre to the business. He will play an important role in partnering with investment teams to ensure we continue to offer relevant products and strong investment performance for our clients and capitalise on our growth potential across global markets”.

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