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Aviva Investors creates key role in multi-asset reshuffle

Aviva Investors creates key role in multi-asset reshuffle

Aviva Investors has created an important new role within its multi-asset team. 

Sunil Krishnan has been appointed as the firm’s head of multi-asset funds and will oversee the team managing multi-asset portfolios across institutional and retail clients.

Krishnan will join the firm in October from Santander Asset Management and will report to the group’s global head of multi-assets, Peter Fitzgerald (pictured). 

Prior to Santander, Krishnan worked at Hermes Investment Management as head of global asset allocation and at the BT Pension Scheme, as head of market strategy.

He also had spells as a multi-asset portfolio manager and strategist at BlackRock with responsibilities for institutional and retail clients.

Aviva Investors has also appointed Gavin Counsell as a portfolio manager on the £2.4 billion Aviva Investors Multi-Strategy (AIMS) Target Income fund.

Counsell has worked closely with the AIMS team since its inception in 2014 and will replace Nick Samouilhan, who is leaving the firm to pursue another opportunity.

Commenting on the changes, Fitzgerald said: 'Sunil’s appointment is a great sign of the ongoing success of our multi-asset proposition that we are able to attract someone of his calibre to our business.

He added: ‘I am also pleased to welcome Counsell to the Target Income fund management team. In my time working with him, he has demonstrated great skill and brings a strong performance record that will be highly beneficial as we continue to grow the fund.' 

Fitzgerald indicated the firm had further plans to strenghten the multi-asset team. 

'These new appointments are a key part of our intention to continue to build our capabilities in both multi-strategy and long-only multi-asset funds', he said.

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