Boutique global equities manager Wingate Asset Management has appointed Hugh Selby-Smith to the newly-created role of head of research.
Mr Selby-Smith will be based in Melbourne and report to chief investment officer Chad Padowitz.
Mr Selby-Smith was most recently co-portfolio manager at Omni Partners in London, where he was responsible for the firm's pan-European strategy.
He has also worked with TT International, Goldman Sachs International, Dresdner Kleinwort and ING Barings.
Mr Padowitz said Mr Selby-Smith brings complementary depth of experience and knowledge to the existing team.
"This newly-created role adds further depth to our research effort, which is the most important component of our investment strategy and offering to investors. Hugh brings many years of experience in research to the position, which will be invaluable.
"Hugh's experience as a buy-side and sell-side analyst across both the US and European markets will be particularly useful," Mr Padowitz said.
Mr Selby-Smith holds a bachelor of commerce (economics, mathematics and history) and a bachelor of letters (economics and philosophy) from the University of Melbourne.
The appointment follows the recent ‘Recommended' ratings from Lonsec for the Wingate Global Equity Fund (both Wholesale Units and Hedged). In its rating reports, Lonsec said: "Underpinning this rating is the Fund's ability to deliver the upside potential of equity returns but with lower volatility; consistent generation of income (mostly option premium) to supplement returns; disciplined investment process; and an adequately resourced and experienced investment team that is well aligned to the business and investors."
Research house Zenith also upgraded the funds to a ‘Recommended' rating at its most recent review.
Wingate Asset Management is a boutique global equities fund manager that invests in a concentrated portfolio of high quality companies from around the world, diversified across sectors and geographies. It was formed by a joint venture between Australian Unity and the Wingate Group in 2008.
A value manager, Wingate’s innovative approach to large cap, global equity investing seeks to deliver the long term benefits of equity market investing combined with lower volatility and consistent income generation.