Fortis Investments Increases U.S. Institutional Sales Efforts

May 11, 2009 ( - Global asset manager Fortis Investments has hired Rob Bernstein as Head of U.S. Sales.

According to an announcement, in this role, Bernstein will have responsibility for driving Fortis Investments’ U.S. business development efforts in the defined benefit, endowment/foundation, subadvisory and consultant markets. Fortis said hiring Bernstein is an intensified commitment to make Fortis Investments a significant participant in the U.S. institutional market.

“We have some great U.S. and global equities strategies plus alternatives, such as infrastructure and clean energy, which we are excited to have Rob lead the effort in selling for us,” said Will Braman, Fortis Investments’ U.S. chief executive officer, in the announcement.

Bernstein was previously with AG Asset Management where he was a managing director, responsible for business development. He has also held senior sales roles at GE Asset Management, Bankers Trust Company and John Nuveen & Co. He will be based in Boston and will report to Tom Leavitt, Global Head of Institutional Sales.

Fortis Investments has sales offices and some 40 dedicated investment centers located around the world.

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