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Our People

MANAGEMENT TEAM

Paul Giblin

Chief Executive Officer

Paul Giblin is Chief Executive Officer of Davy Asset Management. He is responsible for implementing Davy Asset Management’s business strategy and objectives. Prior to joining the Davy group, Paul worked for Merrill Lynch as a director in the Global Equity trading business, focusing on equity derivatives. He joined Davy Private Clients as Head of Alternative Investments in 2003. In 2010, he was appointed Head of Global Investment Selection before being appointed as the Chief Executive Officer of Davy Asset Management in 2014. Paul is a CFA Charterholder and a member of the CFA Institute. He is a graduate of University College Dublin where he received a Bachelor of Commerce and a Masters degree in Financial Services.

Mark Seavers

Chief Investment Officer

Mark Seavers is the Chief Investment Officer of Davy Asset Management. Mark has investment experience in a range of asset classes. He is the chairperson of the Davy Asset Management Asset Allocation Committee and is responsible for coordinating and overseeing the investment teams and strategies. Mark is also the Lead Fund Manager for Davy Asset Managements’ suite of Global Equity Income products. Mark joined Davy Asset Management in 2014, when Davy Asset Management acquired Prescient Investment Managers (previously Allied Irish Bank Investment Managers, AIBIM). Mark began his investment career in 1988 at AIBIM and was appointed to the Portfolio Management Team in 1992. Mark holds a Master of Arts in Economics and a Masters of Finance from University College Dublin.

FUND MANAGERS

Chantal A. Brennan

Research Director

Chantal Brennan is the Research Director of Davy Asset Management and Fund Manager of our more growth orientated strategies; Davy Discovery, a global small and mid-Cap fund and Focus Global. Chantal previously held the role of Chief Investment Officer where she established the firm’s investment philosophy and process. As Research Director she continues to be instrumental in its development. She has over 20 years' investment experience. Prior to joining Davy Asset Management in 2014, she was the Managing Director of PineBridge Investment’s Global Small and Mid-Capitalisation Equities. She was also a member of various investment committees. In 2010, AIG sold its third party asset management business which became PineBridge Investments. At AIG Global Investment Group, Chantal won many investment awards. She began her investment career with Standard Life. Chantal holds a Master of Science in Investment and Treasury from Dublin City University, a Master of Arts and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from University College Dublin. She is a Member of the UK Society of Investment Professionals and the CFA Institute.

Des Flood

Fund Manager

Des Flood is a Fund Manager in the Global Equity investment team. He has over 25 years' investment experience. Des is responsible for the Global Brands and Ethical Equity strategies and is a member of the Asset Allocation Committee. Prior to joining Davy Asset Management in 2011, Des worked as a Senior Fund Manager at Bank of Ireland Asset Management with responsibility for European and Global portfolios. Previously, he worked for Hibernian Investment Managers as Head of Equities, as well as for National Mutual of Australia and Paribas Capital Markets. Des has a Masters of Arts degree in Economics from University College Dublin and is a member of the CFA Institute.

Jonty Starbuck

Fund Manager

Jonty Starbuck is a Fund Manager in the Global Equity investment team. He has over 15 years’ investment experience. Jonty is responsible for the Global Brands strategy with Des Flood. Prior to joining Davy Asset Management in 2015, Jonty worked for eight years covering European consumer companies at T Rowe Price. Previously, Jonty worked for Morgan Stanley as a telecom equipment analyst. Jonty holds a Bachelor of Science (1st Class), a PhD in Structural and Theoretical Chemistry from Bristol University and is a CFA Charterholder.

Jeremy Humphries

Fund Manager

Jeremy Humphries is a Fund Manager for the Global Equity investment team. He started his investment career in 2007. He is responsible for quantitative analysis and portfolio management in the Global Equity team. Prior to joining Davy Asset Management in 2015, he worked on the Quantitative Equity Products (QEP) team at Schroders in London. Previously, he worked with Pioneer Investments as a member of the Global Quantitative Research and Management team. Jeremy holds a Masters in Science in Quantitative Finance from University College Dublin and a Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) in Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering from Trinity College, Dublin.

Brian Kennedy

Fund Manager

Brian Kennedy is an Fund Manager in the Global Equity Investment team. He started his investment career in 2009. Brian works on Global Equity and ESG Equity strategies. Prior to joining Davy Asset Management in 2015, Brian was a member of the Global Equity team at Allianz Global Investors in London. Previously, he was on the graduate programme at Capital International. Brian holds a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from University College Dublin and a Master of Science from the UCD Smurfit School of Business. Brian holds the Investment Management Certificate and is a CFA level III candidate.

Oliver Sinnott

Fixed Income Fund Manager

Oliver Sinnott is a Fund Manager in the Fixed Income investment team. He has over 10 years' investment experience. Oliver is responsible for the management of various Fixed Income strategies and is a member of the Davy Asset Management Asset Allocation Committee. Prior to joining Davy Asset Management in 2014, Oliver spent eight years in the Davy Private Clients Strategy Team, advising clients on Fixed Income securities and managing bespoke Fixed Income funds. Oliver holds a Degree in Computer Applications from Dublin City University, a Higher Diploma in Economics and a Masters of Arts in Economics and Finance from NUI Maynooth. He is also a member of the Institute of Bankers and holds the International Fixed Income and Derivatives (IFID) certification from Reading University.

Alex Cooney

Assistant Fund Manager

Alex joined the Fixed Income investment team in 2018. Prior to joining Davy Asset Management he spent 18 months in Davy Private Clients where he spent time on the Portfolio Management, Portfolio Construction and Financial Planning teams. From these roles he gained experience in managing every aspect of a client relationship; from the initial planning and goal-setting stage through to constructing portfolios to ensure they delivered on their long term strategic objectives. Alex holds a Bachelor of Commerce International from University College Cork and a Masters of Finance from UCD Michael Smurfit Business School. He has passed level II of the CFA examination.

Jonathan Linnane

Assistant Fund Manager

Jonathan is an Assistant Fund Manager in the Global Equity Investment team. He started his Investment career in 2016. Jonathan works on the Global Equity Income and Defensive Equity Income Strategies. Jonathan began his career in Davy Private Clients where he worked on the Financial Planning and Portfolio Construction Teams. In these roles he was responsible for ongoing management of client portfolios to ensure they were aligned with the Investment Committee’s views. Jonathan holds a degree in Accounting and an MSc in Asset Management from UCC. He is a CFA level III candidate.

Emma O'Donnell

Quantitative Analyst

Emma is a Quantitative Analyst in the Global Equities investment team. Emma is responsible for the research and development of models used in the management of our portfolios and strategies. Prior to joining Davy Asset Management in 2018, Emma worked as a Risk Analyst in Bank of Ireland, where she was responsible for developing Stress Testing models within Enterprise Risk Management. Previously, she worked for the Aon Centre for Innovation and Analytics as a Data Scientist, where she focused on Research & Development. Emma has a Bachelor of Science in Statistics from University College Dublin, as well as a Master of Science in Quantitative Finance from UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School.

GLOBAL PARTNERS

James Murray

Investment Manager and Head of Davy Global Partners Team

James joined Davy Asset Management from AIB Group Treasury, where he began his career in 1998 focusing on all aspects of derivatives trading, structured products and risk management. As part of AIB’s proprietary trading team, his particular focus was on the development and implementation of quantitative trading models for Equity, FX and interest rates. James has a BSc in Mathematical Science from University College Dublin (UCD), where he received a scholarship for academic excellence. James holds an MSc in Mathematics and an MSc in Finance, also from UCD.

Mark Bollard

Investment Manager

Mark Bollard is an Investment Manager on the Global Partners team. Mark began his career at State Street before joining Davy Asset Management in 2016. Mark holds a Bachelor of Arts in Politics and Sociology from University College Dublin and a Masters in Management from Smurfit Business School. Mark is a Qualified Financial Advisor with the Institute of Bankers in Ireland.

RISK AND DEALING

Paraic Ryan

Head of Portfolio Risk

Paraic Ryan is Head of Risk at Davy Asset Management. He started his investment career in 1996. Paraic is responsible for the oversight and monitoring the risk parameters of all investment strategies. Paraic joined Davy Asset Management in 2014, as part of the acquisition of Prescient Investment Managers (previously Allied Irish Bank Investment Managers, AIBIM) where he was responsible for the development and implementation of bespoke investment and risk management systems. Paraic holds a Master of Information Technology and a Master of Science in Mathematics from University College Galway.

Cathal McArdle

Centralised Dealer

Cathal McArdle is the Centralised Dealer at Davy Asset Management. He started his investment career in 2000. Cathal is responsible for the execution of equities, foreign exchange and cash management. Cathal joined Davy Asset Management in 2014 as part of the acquisition of Prescient Investment Managers (previously Allied Irish Bank Investment Managers) where he worked on the centralised dealing desk. Cathal holds a Certificate in Investment Management from the Institute of Bankers, a Diploma in Stockbroking from Dublin Business School and graduated from Dublin City University with a Bachelor of Arts in European Business and French.

CONTACT THE RELATIONSHIP MANAGEMENT & DISTRIBUTION TEAM

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Give us a call on  +353 1 614 8874 or email us at  assetmanagement@davy.ie