WFAM beefs up senior team with two hires

Wells Fargo Asset Management has named Jonathan Hobbs as head of U.S. portfolio solutions and Kevin Kneafsey as a senior investment strategist with the multi-asset client solutions group. Previously, Hobbs worked at BlackRock where he led the client solutions office in San Francisco while Kneafsey was senior adviser for the Schroders multi-asset team.


London, UK, June 30, 2017—Wells Fargo Asset Management (WFAM) announced today, June 30, that in July, Jonathan Hobbs, CFA, FSA, will join WFAM as head of U.S. Portfolio Solutions and Kevin Kneafsey, Ph.D., will join WFAM as a senior investment strategist with the Multi-Asset Client Solutions group. They will both be based in San Francisco and will report to Nicolaas Marais, president of WFAM and head of Multi-Asset Client Solutions.

In this role, Hobbs will design and implement investment solutions for our clients, spanning insurance, defined benefit, defined contribution, and other institutional investors, and will join our research effort on next-generation portfolio and asset allocation strategies. Prior to joining WFAM, he led the client solutions office in San Francisco and was co-head of Liability Driven Investment (LDI) in North America with BlackRock.

Kneafsey will be instrumental in enhancing the team’s research efforts and thought leadership, specifically aimed at risk-based portfolio construction and alternative risk premium strategies, and improving our understanding of the drivers of risk and return. He previously served as a senior advisor for the Schroders multi-asset team, and before joining Schroders, he was the head of research for BlackRock’s multi-asset team.

“The additions of Jonathan Hobbs and Kevin Kneafsey to WFAM’s Multi-Asset Client Solutions team significantly strengthen our ability to bring the very best multi-asset-class solutions and risk management expertise to our clients,” said Marais. “This is another example of how we are actively recruiting all-star-caliber industry talent to enhance our focus on positive investor outcomes and what our clients need.”

Prior to Hobbs’ time with BlackRock as head of the client solutions office in San Francisco and co-head of LDI in North America, he was a financial and actuarial advisor with Ernst & Young LLP. Hobbs earned a bachelor’s degree in actuarial science and finance from Drake University, graduating summa cum laude. He also has earned the right to use the Chartered Financial Analyst® (CFA®) designation and qualified as a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries (FSA).

Kneafsey had been with Schroders as a senior advisor for the multi-asset team. Before Schroders, he was head of research for BlackRock’s multi-asset team. Previous roles include lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley, Haas School of Business (Dynamic Asset Management); head of research with the client solutions group at Barclays Global Investor; and, before that, chief strategist for the global markets strategies group. He earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting and finance from the University of New Mexico, graduating summa cum laude, and a doctoral degree in finance, with a minor in econometrics, from the University of Arizona.

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