Putnam Names New Heads of Consultant Relations Teams

January 5, 2011 (PLANSPONSOR.com) – Putnam Investments has promoted Robert E. Alan to the role of Head of North America Consultant Relations, based in Boston, and Keith E. Thomas to the position of Head of International Consultant Relations, based in London.

 Alan and Thomas will lead Putnam’s efforts to work with the consultants who advise institutional investors on investment strategy and the selection of managers. Putnam said the appointments are an effort to significantly bolster its global institutional management consultant relations capabilities.  

According to a press release, Alan joined the company in 2006 as a Senior Vice President and Consultant Relations Manager, North America, West Region, and subsequently moved to the Northeast to serve as Consultant Relations Manager North America, East Region. He has more than 17 years of investment industry experience, having earlier worked in consultant relations for Babson Capital Management and Fidelity Management Trust Company and as an internal wholesaler at Fidelity Investments Institutional Services Company. He holds a B.S. degree from Bentley University.

Thomas has more than two decades of experience in the investment industry, the announcement said. He joined Putnam in 2006 as Consultant Relations Manager and subsequently served as Head of European Consultant Relations and International Account Manager. Previously, he was responsible for both consultant and multi-manager relationships at Resolution Asset Management in the United Kingdom. He also held senior institutional business roles at Baring Asset Management, and began his career as a consultant with William M. Mercer Ltd. He is a graduate of Cheshunt Grammar School.