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Neuberger Berman adds Mercer OCIO as EMEA multi-asset strategies chief

Neuberger BermanNeuberger Berman has hired Niall O’Sullivan for a newly created role as chief investment officer, multi-asset strategies, EMEA.

O’Sullivan will lead the multi-asset team’s investment activity in the region, driving portfolio construction and outlook development for EMEA client portfolios.

He will join the firm’s asset allocation committee and oversee market insights and commentaries. 

Based in London and Dublin, he will report to Erik Knutzen, multi-asset chief investment officer, and Doug Kramer, head of Institutional Equity and Multi-Asset Class and locally to Dik van Lomwel, head of EMEA and Latin America.

O’Sullivan has more than 25 years’ experience managing investment portfolios globally, most recently at Mercer Investments as chief investment officer of its Outsourced CIO (OCIO) business for Europe, the Middle East and Asia. 

Before joining Mercer in 2010, Niall was with QED in Dublin, where he focused on solution-driven investment opportunities with banks and insurance companies.

Before QED, he was at Bank of Ireland global markets, working with clients and developing the bank’s LDI product range and inflation-linked solutions.

O’Sullivan holds an M.Sc. in investment & treasury from Dublin City University and a B.A. in mathematics from Trinity College.

Van Lomwel said: “Niall will raise the level of dialogue and engagement with our institutional and intermediary clients, leveraging the capabilities of Neuberger Berman’s global platform to identify, deliver and manage customised multi-asset solutions.

“Having a senior multi-asset investor on board in the region is sure to bolster our capabilities and better meet our clients’ needs,” he added.

The $418 billion investment manager offers a range of strategies, including equity, fixed income, quantitative and multi-asset class, private equity, real estate and hedge funds.

Earlier in September, Deutsche Bank appointed Citi’s head of capital markets, Americas, Zeynep Ozturk-Unlu, to the role of CIO, EMEA, ex Germany.

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