Mr. Jin Zhang, Executive Director, Portfolio Manager, Senior Research Analyst Mr. Zhang joined Vontobel Asset Management in November 2005 as a senior research analyst and was promoted to deputy portfolio manager of the firm’s Emerging Markets Equity Strategy in June 2016. In additional to his portfolio management responsibilities Mr. Zhang maintains his research responsibilities focusing on the consumer staples and financial sectors. Mr. Zhang began his financial career in 2000 as an equity analyst at Lehman Brothers. Previously, Mr. Zhang worked in the finance department of General Electric (China) where he graduated from the Financial Management Program in 1998. Mr. Zhang received an M.B.A. in financial management from the MIT Sloan School of Management and a B.A. in economics from Beijing University. Jin Zhang is a CFA® charterholder.
Mr. Brian Bandsma, Executive Director, Portfolio Manager, Senior Research Analyst Mr. Bandsma joined Vontobel Asset Management, Inc., in November 2002 as a senior research analyst. Mr. Bandsma focuses on researching companies in the Information Technology, Financial, Telecom Services and Consumer Discretionary sectors. In 2013, in addition to his research responsibilities he was promoted to deputy portfolio manager of the Vontobel Far East Equity Strategy and became the lead portfolio manager of the strategy in 2016 while also becoming deputy portfolio manager on the firm’s Emerging Markets Equity Strategy. In addition to his portfolio management duties, Mr. Bandsma continues to conduct research analysis on individual stocks which may be included in the firm’s other strategies. This is consistent with the investment team structure at Vontobel. Prior to joining Vontobel, Mr. Bandsma began his financial career in 1998 at Sanford C. Bernstein & Co where he was a senior associate and analyst until 2002. He received an M.B.A. in finance and accounting from NYU Stern School of Business and a B.A. in finance from Grand Valley State University.
Mr. Benkendorf ,Managing Director,Chief Investment Officer,Portfolio Manager, Senior Research Analyst - Mr. Benkendorf joined Vontobel Asset Management, Inc. in October 1999 in trade support. After being promoted to trader in 2000, Mr. Benkendorf became a research analyst in 2002 and moved into portfolio management in 2006 as deputy portfolio manager of Vontobel’s European Equity Strategy.Mr. Benkendorf has held various positions with Vontobel, including Deputy Portfolio Manager from 2013 to 2016, Executive Director from 2012 to 2013;Director from 2009 to 2012;Vice President from 2007 to 2009.