Symphony Asset Management Names New President

June 24, 2010 ( - Nuveen Investments says that Symphony Asset Management has named Anne B. Popkin as President, effective July 12.


Popkin will assume responsibility for all non-investment activities at the firm, including business development, client service, operations, trade support, technology and compliance, and will report directly to Symphony’s Chief Investment Officer and CEO, Gunther Stein.

“We are excited to welcome Anne as President of Symphony. She is a proven leader with a strong track record of success in the hedge fund industry. In addition to overseeing all operational and marketing activities, Anne will be responsible for growing our institutional presence globally,” said Gunther Stein. “Anne shares our firm’s culture of institutional excellence and teamwork, and brings a keen understanding of business and product development. As we continue to advance and strengthen both the investment and non-investment areas within the firm, Anne’s leadership and experience will help further these efforts on behalf of our clients.”

Popkin was most recently Principal, Head of the New York Office and a member of the Global Operating Committee of BlueCrest Capital Management. According to a press release, while at Blue Crest, she led a highly successful fund raising and client services team and worked on new product development.

Prior to her time at BlueCrest, Popkin was a Managing Director and Head of Americas Business Development and Investor Relations of Lehman Brothers Absolute Return Strategies, and Director of North American Business Marketing and Investor Relations at Financial Risk Management. She spent the first half of her career at Goldman, Sachs & Co.

Symphony is a diversified asset management firm with approximately $9 billion in assets under management as of March 31, that invests across the capital structure from senior bank loans to equity providing clients access to credit and equity hedge funds, structured products and long-only strategies.

Founded in 1994, Symphony is an SEC-registered investment adviser headquartered in San Francisco with offices in New York.