Aviva Investors expands US Equities Team with three hires

(LONDON): Aviva Investors, the global asset management unit of Aviva PLC, announces the expansion of its US Equities business, demonstrating the firm’s continued commitment to invest in its Equities capabilities.

Robert Plaza has joined as a Portfolio Manager from Key Private Bank, where he was Director of Equity Research, while Nick Nikitas and Adam Schmitz have joined as Equity Analysts from Robert W. Baird and Harris Associates, respectively. Along with Equity Analyst Nick Clare, who joined in February, they report to Susan Schmidt, Head of US Equities at Aviva Investors. The roles are based in Chicago.

The appointments are part of a significant expansion of Aviva Investors’ Equities capabilities following the arrival of David Cumming as Chief Investment Officer, Equities, in January 2018. Including these latest hires, 18 investment professionals have joined the Equities platform.

Susan Schmidt, Head of US Equities, Aviva Investors, said:

“We are delighted to welcome Robert, Nick, Adam and Nick to Aviva Investors. They are high-calibre and experienced professionals, who join an ambitious team at a time of great opportunity in the US equity market.”

David Cumming, Chief Investment Officer, Equities, Aviva Investors, said:

“These appointments bolster our strong, integrated teams in UK, US, Global and Emerging Markets equities, enhancing our ability to offer compelling equity propositions for clients and strengthening idea generation for the firm’s wider range of investment solutions.”


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