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Philipp Hensler named president and COO of Epoch Investment Partners

Thursday, August 02, 2018
Opalesque Industry Update - Epoch Investment Partners, the $42.2-billion-under-assets investment arm of TD Bank, announced today that Philipp Hensler joined the firm as President and Chief Operating Officer. Timothy Taussig, who co-founded the firm in 2004, stepped down and will retire in at the end of the year. In a letter to investors William Priest, co-founder, Chief Executive and co-Chief Investment Officer of Epoch hailed Taussig as a "great leader and business builder."

Hensler, who previously served as President and CEO of Vontobel Asset Management and head of distribution for Oppenheimer Funds, brings a wealth of experience to Epoch, a global asset management firm that provides U.S., non-U.S. and global equity strategies for institutional and intermediary clients. A native of Switzerland, he holds an M.B.A. from Duke University's Fuqua School of Business and a D.M from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve.

"Philipp brings to the role extensive experience working with clients and a broad array of sophisticated asset allocators, while his earlier background as a global equities investor adds valuable breadth to his perspective," said Priest. "I look forward to partnering with him as we lead Epoch together in the next phase of our evolution."

Epoch uses fundamental research to uncover opportunities that others may miss. It believes that the growth and applications of free cash flow represent the best predictor of long-term shareholder return. As a result, Epoch's security selection process is focused on free-cash-flow metrics and capital allocation, rather than traditional accounting-based metrics such as price-to-book and price-to-earnings.

"We look for strong company management with a commitment to financial transparency and a track record of delivering returns to shareholders," said Priest.

"I'm excited to be joining an investment led organization with a clear investment philosophy and process," remarked Hensler. "I look forward to working with Bill Priest and the Epoch team, who have a tremendous culture of intellectual curiosity and continuous innovation."

Epoch manages institutional money for the likes of CalPERS, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas and ArcelorMittal USA; and it sub-advises funds for John Hancock Funds, New York Life-MainStay Funds and TD Bank Group

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