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Legal & General Investment Management strengthens investment team with two senior hires

Legal & General Investment Management (LGIM) has today announced the appointment of Sonja Laud to the new role of Deputy Chief Investment Officer (Deputy CIO), reporting to Anton Eser, CIO. William Riley has also been appointed Head of Solutions, reporting to Sonja.

7 Nov 2018

Sonja has broad experience in the asset-management industry, having held senior investment management roles at Fidelity International, Barings, Schroders and DWS. She has worked as a senior global macro fund manager and an asset allocation specialist, developing outcome-orientated products for clients. Her most recent role was Head of Equity at Fidelity International, where she was a member of the firm’s global equity management team.

William has held a number of senior portfolio management roles at Blackrock, including Head of Client Solutions Portfolio Management EMEA, with responsibility for developing, assembling and managing investment solutions across multiple strategies and asset classes. He has worked across strategies, including liability-driven investment (LDI), fixed income and multi-asset as well as fiduciary management.

Sonja Laud said: “I am looking forward to embarking on this new opportunity at an exciting time for LGIM and the asset management industry in general, as it continues to adapt and innovate in response to client demand.”

Sonja and Will join LGIM in January 2019 and the roles are subject to regulatory approval.

Anton Eser, CIO at LGIM: "We are delighted that Sonja and Will are joining the investment leadership team at LGIM. Their experience in financial markets, client focus and outcome-orientated approach will be invaluable as we continue to deliver holistic solutions which combine the full breadth of LGIM’s capabilities to meet the evolving needs of our clients."

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