BMO Global Asset Management appoints product management head

David SloperBMO Financial Group has appointed David Sloper as head of product management for its asset management business in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (Emea).

Sloper has 30 years of investment and fixed income experience, over half of which has been with the BMO group. He has focused on managing trading and investment portfolios and most recently had responsibility for integrating London’s F&C Asset Management after BMO Global Asset Management (BMO GAM) acquired it last year.

In his latest role, Sloper will oversee the product range of BMO GAM in the Emea regions and will drive product development.

BMO GAM, which had over $254 billion (€229.8 billion) in assets under management as at April 30, has expanded internationally from its North America base over the past year through the F&C acquisition and Barry McInerney, co-chief executive of BMO GAM, told Funds Europe in November that the business would double its distribution staff.

Prior to joining the Bank of Montreal in 1998, Sloper managed proprietary bond investment and trading units at BBL London Branch and at Abbey National Treasury Services.

Sloper replaces Martin Smith, who spent 14 years with the firm. Smith will remain a member of BMO GAM’s Responsible Investment Advisory Council, which provides advice on ethical and sustainability criteria for the firm’s responsible fund range.

Richard Wilson, chief executive of BMO GAM in the Emea regions, says that the business is in an exciting growth phase.

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