Janus Capital Group Inc. (NYSE: JNS) today announced the appointment of George Maris as portfolio manager for Janus Worldwide Fund and related strategies, effective March 14, 2011. Maris joins Janus from Northern Trust where he managed both retail mutual funds and institutional assets. He will report directly to Janus Co-CIO Jonathan Coleman. According to Coleman, Maris’ diverse background and experience is a perfect match for Janus Worldwide Fund.
"During his investment career, George has successfully managed money in a variety of disciplines and experienced a wide range of market conditions," said Coleman. "Given his stock-picking acumen and overall investment philosophy, George will fit in well with the investment culture we have at Janus. He will be a great addition to our already strong global investment team."
At Northern Trust, Maris managed U.S., international and global large cap core equity strategies. Prior to joining Northern Trust in 2008, Maris spent four years as a portfolio manager at Columbia Management Group where he co-managed the firm’s U.S. large- and mid-cap core portfolios. From 1999-2004, Maris was a member of the investment team at Putnam Investments, serving as an equity analyst, derivatives strategist and portfolio manager in Putnam’s Value Group. While at Putnam, Maris won a Lipper Fund Award in 2004 as co-portfolio manager of Putnam Convertible Income – Growth Trust Fund. He also was a guest lecturer on the topic of Security Analysis at MIT’s Sloan School of Management from 2003-2005. Maris received his bachelor of arts degree in economics from Swarthmore College. He also earned an MBA from the University of Chicago and a Juris Doctorate from The University of Illinois. Maris holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.
“Joining the highly talented professionals at Janus is an honor. I believe my experience and our shared approach to bottom-up stock picking will add to Janus’ strong global platform,” said Maris. “Most especially, I look forward to the challenge of generating superior performance for our clients and shareholders.”
About Janus Capital Group Inc.
Janus Capital Group Inc. (Janus) is a global investment firm offering strategies from three individual investment boutiques: Janus Capital Management LLC, INTECH Investment Management LLC (INTECH) and Perkins Investment Management LLC (Perkins). Each manager employs a research-intensive approach that is distinct within its respective asset class. This multi-boutique approach enables the firm to provide style-specific expertise across an array of strategies, including growth, value and risk-managed equities, fixed income and alternatives through one common distribution platform.
At the end of December 2010, Janus managed U.S. $169.5 billion in assets for shareholders, clients and institutions around the globe. Based in Denver, Janus also has offices in London, Milan, Munich, Singapore, Hong Kong, Tokyo and Melbourne.
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