Managed by Acadian Asset Management LLC (Since 3/1/2019)

Acadian Asset Management LLC is a global, quantitative investment manager. Acadian was founded in 1986 and is headquartered in Boston, with affiliates in Singapore, Sydney, and London. The firm was among the first managers to apply data and technology to the systematic evaluation of global investments over 30 years ago, and today Acadian’s proprietary database covers over 40,000 securities in more than 200 markets worldwide. Acadian’s mission is to be its clients’ most valued resource for investment insight and success, and the firm puts to use decades of global risk and return data, forecasts, factor behavior, transaction costs, risk analysis, and portfolio construction tools in service of this mission.

Manager Profiles

portrait of Brendan O. Bradley, Ph.D.

Brendan O. Bradley, Ph.D.

Executive Vice President, Chief Investment Officer

Brendan O. Bradley joined Acadian in 2004 and is the Chief Investment Officer. Mr. Bradley has served as the firm’s director of portfolio management, overseeing portfolio management policy, and was also previously the director of Acadian’s Managed Volatility strategies. He is a member of the Acadian Executive Committee. Prior to Acadian, he was a Vice President at Upstream Technologies, where he designed and implemented investment management systems and strategies. His professional background also includes work as a research analyst and consultant at Samuelson Portfolio Strategies. Mr. Bradley earned a Ph.D. in applied mathematics from Boston University and a B.A. in physics from Boston College.

portrait of Ryan D. Taliaferro, Ph.D.

Ryan D. Taliaferro, Ph.D.

Senior Vice President and Director of Equity Strategies

Ryan Taliaferro joined Acadian in 2011 and currently serves as Director of Equity Strategies. Previously, he was the lead portfolio manager for Acadian’s Managed Volatility strategies. Prior to joining Acadian, Mr. Taliaferro was a faculty member in the finance unit at Harvard Business School, where he taught corporate finance and asset pricing. Earlier, he was a consultant at the Boston Consulting Group. Mr. Taliaferro earned a Ph.D. in business economics (finance) from Harvard University and an M.B.A. in finance and economics from the University of Chicago. He also holds an AM in economics, and an AM and AB in physics from Harvard University.

portrait of Harry Gakidis, Ph.D.

Harry Gakidis, Ph.D.

Senior Vice President and Lead Portfolio Manager for Core Strategies

Harry Gakidis joined Acadian in 2014 and serves as lead portfolio manager for Core strategies. Prior to joining Acadian, Mr. Gakidis worked as a senior quantitative strategist at Loomis Sayles, where he founded the firm's quantitative Strategy Lab and co-managed a U.S. equity long/short strategy. Prior to his work at Loomis Sayles, he was Senior Vice President, fixed income quantitative risk and relative value specialist at Putnam Investments. In this role, Mr. Gakidis built and managed a book of systematic alpha strategies in domestic investment-grade and high-yield credit. He earned a Ph.D. in economics from MIT and holds an AB in economics from Harvard University.

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