Swiss money manager GAM has appointed Matthew Beesley to the newly created position of head of equities.

Beesley will work with the firm’s equity teams, with responsibility for optimising performance and risk management, strengthening links with sales, marketing and operations, as well as driving information collaboration across teams.

He will be based in London and will assume the new role on 6 March 2017.

Beesley most recently served as the head of global equities at Henderson. He previously also held portfolio manager roles at Trinity Street Asset Management, JP Morgan Asset Management and Mercury Asset Management/Merrill Lynch Investment Managers.

GAM group CEO Alexander Friedman said: “We are excited to welcome Matthew Beesley, a world class head of equities, to the Group. His experience and success in developing and managing investment strategies will add great value to our differentiated equity investment offerings.”