AXA Framlington, the fundamental equity business within AXA Investment Managers, has revealed its intention to grow its business in Asia and that senior portfolio manager Mark Tinker will relocate to Hong Kong as head of AXA Framlington Asia.
Mark Tinker will move to Hong Kong in September to support the expansion of the AXA Framlington franchise in Asia. He will be working closely with the distribution teams in Asia to develop business in the region and will support the development of Asian equity capability.
Mark Beveridge, global head of AXA Framlington, said: "We are committed to building our presence in Asia and Mark Tinker’s move will be a key step in our growth in the region. Mark has been a hugely valued member of our London team for the past seven years and possesses the requisite fund management experience, passion and communication skills to support our ambitions in Asia. AXA Framlington has grown its franchise across Europe and the Middle East, but in order to meet our longer term growth ambitions, Asia is a crucial market for us."
As a result of the move, Mark Tinker will no longer manage the AXA Framlington Global Opportunities and its clone fund AXA WF Framlington Global Opportunities. The funds will be managed by the global sector team, led by Mark Hargraves and will be managed in line with the existing AXA WF Framlington Global. The fund drives returns through fundamental stock selection by sector from recommendations by the global sector team of 7 specialist fund managers with average experience of 18 years. The deputy manager on all three funds will be Susan Sternglass Noble.
The AXA WF Framlington Global High Income is now managed by William Howard. William has over 26 years’ experience in asset management and joined AXA Framlington in September 2012. Prior to this, William was Managing Director and Portfolio Manager at Goldman Sachs and an Executive Vice President at Templeton Investment. The deputy manager is Anne Tolmunen.
Mark Beveridge commented: "We have built an experienced and high quality group of global portfolio managers surrounded by a strong global sector team. This team of sector specialists has been in place for three years and is at the centre of what we do in global equities. The global portfolio managers find their depth of research and understanding invaluable. "
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AXA Framlington also confirmed the line-up of deputy fund managers across its UK equity team (there are no changes to the lead managers):
AXA Framlington UK Select Opportunities: Nigel Thomas (lead), Chris St John (deputy)
AXA Framlington Equity Income: George Luckraft (lead), Jamie Forbes Wilson (deputy)
AXA Framlington UK Growth: Jamie Hooper (lead), Nigel Thomas (deputy)
AXA Framlington Blue Chip Equity Income: Jamie Forbes Wilson (lead), George Luckraft (deputy)
AXA Framlington Managed Balanced: Richard Peirson (lead), Jamie Hooper (deputy)
AXA Framlington UK Mid Cap: Chris St John (lead), Nigel Thomas (deputy)
AXA Framlington UK Smaller Companies: Henry Lowson (lead), Chris St John (deputy)
AXA Framlington Managed Income: George Luckraft (lead), Jamie Forbes Wilson (deputy)
AXA Framlington Monthly Income: George Luckraft (lead), Jamie Forbes Wilson (deputy).