Empire Life Investments reveals new members of senior team

by Paul Lucas11 May 2016
Canadian life insurer Empire Life, based in Kingston, Ontario, has announced two key appointments.

Firstly, Ian Hardacre will join the company’s investment management team, taking the role of senior portfolio manager. He will be responsible for managing the Empire Life Dividend Growth GIF and the Empire Life Dividend Growth Mutual Fund and his appointment has thrilled senior vice-president and chief investment officer Gaelen Morphet.

“We are excited to have Ian join us as he brings over 20 years of investment expertise managing Canadian equities with a value-oriented philosophy and approach that aligns with ours,” said Morphet. “The addition of Ian is testament to our commitment to managing tactical portfolios with a focus on downside protection.”

Hardacre is not the only key appointment, however.

Lieh Wang joined the investment team back in 2009 and has racked up more than 20 years’ in investment experience. He will now take the role of senior portfolio manager for US equities.

“Lieh delivered exceptional performance during his tenure on the dividend growth mandates, which included managing the US and international components of the funds,” said Morphet. “Lieh has worked closely with me over the last few months to manage the Empire Life American Value GIF, making him the natural lead manager for US equities. I am very pleased to recognize Lieh for his expertise in this area with this appointment.”

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