SOURCE: Cambridge Associates

Cambridge Associates

April 03, 2013 08:45 ET

Risk Management and Asset Allocation Expert Joins Cambridge Associates' Outsourcing Unit

Robert B. Rodgers, Previously of Seacross Global Advisors and Goldman Sachs, to Help Lead Business Development for Cambridge's Outsourcing Business; Demand for Firm's Discretionary Services Increases

BOSTON, MA--(Marketwired - Apr 3, 2013) - Robert B. Rodgers, 46, has joined investment advisor Cambridge Associates to support the firm's outsourcing business, which offers discretionary portfolio management to institutional investors across the globe.

Mr. Rodgers, a veteran in institutional investing with expertise in business development, strategic planning and asset management, will be part of the leadership team of C|A Capital Management, the business unit responsible for discretionary outsourcing. Over the past two years, the Cambridge outsourcing business has nearly tripled and now serves foundations, university endowments, corporate pensions, and other institutional investors. C|A Capital Management currently oversees more than $6.2 billion in discretionary assets.

Mr. Rodgers has 20 years of experience in international finance and investment management, first as a Vice President on the foreign exchange trading desk at Goldman Sachs; then a Managing Principal of Oechsle Alternative Investments, a division of Oechsle International Advisors, and ultimately a Managing Principal of Seacross Global Advisors. Prior to joining Cambridge Associates, Mr. Rodgers was a mid-career graduate student at the Harvard Divinity School and a Faculty Associate at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He also served as a Trustee on the Investment Committee of Partners Healthcare System. He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and an AB from Princeton University.

"I believe Cambridge Associates' approach to outsourcing is distinctive and compelling," Mr. Rodgers said. "While the industry term is 'outsourced CIO', what Cambridge Associates offers is in fact an entire investment office solution, not just an individual CIO or product. Each client is assigned a dedicated investment team of professionals -- typically, a CIO, a director of portfolio strategy, a risk manager, directors of alternative assets, analysts and operations associates. And this team is in turn supported by a foundation of more than 200 professionals focused on manager and capital markets research. I know of few institutions, even the largest and most sophisticated investors, that can access this scale of resources on their own."

"We continue to experience an uptick in interest in our discretionary outsourcing approach from institutions. They are responding to increased scrutiny of investment performance and recognize that complex portfolios require a new level of oversight," said Cambridge Associates Managing Director Margaret Chen, co-head of C|A Capital Management. "Many wish to focus on other strategic issues by entrusting day-to-day portfolio management to us."

"Adding Rob's tremendous investing and business development expertise to our already deep bench will help us continue to get to the heart of what our clients need as the discretionary outsourcing business grows. Even with the significant growth we've enjoyed, we see more opportunities to serve sophisticated institutions with our independent, customized model," added Cambridge Associates Managing Director Bruce Myers, co-head of C|A Capital Management.

About Cambridge Associates

Founded in 1973, Cambridge Associates is a provider of independent investment advice and research to institutional investors and private clients worldwide. Today the firm serves over 900 global investors and delivers a range of services, including investment consulting, outsourced portfolio solutions (through C|A Capital Management), research services and tools (Research Navigatorsm and Benchmark Calculator), and performance monitoring, across asset classes. Cambridge Associates has more than 1,000 employees based in eight global offices in Arlington, VA; Boston; Dallas; Menlo Park, CA; London; Singapore; Sydney; and Beijing. Cambridge Associates consists of five global investment consulting affiliates that are all under common ownership and control. For more information about Cambridge Associates, please visit www.cambridgeassociates.com.

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