BNP Paribas

February 03, 2011 16:52 ET

Alicia Frank Joins BNP Paribas Investment Partners' Global Emerging Markets Equity Team as Senior Portfolio Manager

BOSTON, MA--(Marketwire - February 3, 2011) - BNP Paribas Investment Partners (BNPP IP) is delighted to announce the appointment of Alicia Frank as a senior portfolio manager, global emerging markets equities. The addition of Ms. Frank to the team marks BNPP IP's continued commitment to growing and resourcing this significant asset class.

Ms. Frank has over 15 years of experience working in emerging markets and will complement an already experienced team. Before joining BNP Paribas Investment Partners, Ms. Frank spent five years at Fidelity working as a portfolio manager and analyst with a team responsible for over USD 6 billion in global emerging equity assets. She also co-managed Fidelity's asset allocation and lifecycle funds. Prior to Fidelity, she worked at Baring Asset Management, Barclays Capital and Merrill Lynch, where she developed a deep specialisation in emerging markets. Ms. Frank has a MA in Economics from Brandeis University and is a CFA charter-holder.

Ms. Frank will be based in Boston and will report to Gabriel Wallach, CIO global emerging markets equities. Mr. Wallach said, "We are excited to hire someone of Ms. Frank's calibre and tenure in emerging markets equities. Having worked with Ms. Frank in the past, I am certain her experience will be hugely accretive to the team right from the start." BNPP IP's global emerging markets equities team in Boston manages USD 3 billion* in a growth-biased strategy, favouring companies whose earnings are growing faster than those of their industry peers. BNPP IP manages over USD 60 billion in emerging markets assets.

*As of December 31, 2010

BNP Paribas Investment Partners

BNP Paribas Investment Partners is the dedicated asset management business line of the BNP Paribas Group. BNP Paribas Investment Partners offers a full range of investment management services to institutional and retail clients around the world. Central to the way we work is the concept of partnership -- both in terms of how we behave as a family of companies and our relationships with our clients. Around 1,000 investment professionals work across our network of some 60 investment centres, each of which is a specialist in a particular asset class or type of product. With total assets under management of EUR 539 billion as of 30 September 2010, BNP Paribas Investment Partners is the third-largest asset manager in Europe and the ninth-largest in the world*.

On April 1, 2010, the operations of Fortis Investments were merged with those of BNP Paribas Investment Partners. Fortis Investments' investment experts and international locations were a natural and complementary fit with BNP Paribas Investments Partners, whose flexible partnership model has proven successful in integrating new expertise in the past. Together, our combined company provides clients with an even broader range of investment solutions and even better client service than before.

* Source: Based on the IPE Top 400, June 2010

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