MATHER_Graeme_body_may2010Mercer is stiffening its investments arms with the appointment of a market business leader in Australia and a CIO for alt-alpha strategies in the UK.

 

Graeme Mather (pictured) has been named as market business leader for the investment consulting business in Australia/New Zealand, and Bill Muysken starts in the newly-created CIO for alternative alpha strategies in the UK.

Mather joined Mercer in 1998, and most recently managed the London office for investment consulting.

Muysken rejoins Mercer after working in Thames River Capital’s multi-manager alternatives team since 2007, after 14 years with Mercer. During that time, he was named European Investment Consultant of the year by Global Money Management in 2003.

Clients would benefit from Graeme Mather’s “considerable investment consulting expertise,” said Simon Eagleton, Asia-Pacific region business leader, “particularly his knowledge of defined-contribution target-date strategies, pension phase solutions, as well as risk management within defined-benefit schemes.”

In Muysken’s new role, he will oversee exposure to alternative alpha, which Mercer defines as underlying investment strategies that use short-selling, leverage or derivatives, or which are narrowly niche-focused or esoteric in nature.