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Brendan Wood International Announces The Results of Its Search For The Best Investment Minds in Worldwide Consumer Products

March 17th, 2011 by TopGun Press

Global Consumer Products TopGun Investment Minds Announced by Brendan Wood International

PALM BEACH, FL, March 17, 2011 (TOPGUN PRESS) – Brendan Wood International today announced the results of its search for the TopGun Investment Minds in the Consumer Products sector. Citing the importance of a world view and the relevance of emerging markets in particular, the 600 leading analysts who cast their votes in Brendan Wood’s global poll separated the few from the many in this sector of investing. In recent markets, the acquisition of brands and the expansion into emerging markets have been significant themes.

Sell-side analysts’ ballots were stringent in their assessment of “insight.” Nominations clearly favored investors who had a deep understanding of emerging market economics and new-market vistas, where brands may or may not mean what they mean elsewhere. Acquisitions can be expensive and may not produce the accretive asset value hoped for. Organizational effectiveness is not a given in merged-company scenarios and acquired brands need strong ongoing management. The TopGun Investment Minds selected this year were cited as those who wrestled these questions best and had a stronger feel for industry, product and company economics.

“Picking winning brands this year is exciting and, now, far more diverse given globalization. That means risk may present itself in new forms. These are the Investment Minds top-ranked analysts felt were most likely to see the unseen,” said Brendan Wood, Chairman.

Hedge funds Citadel Group and SAC Capital Advisors lead the US Consumer Products group with two TopGuns each: Brandon Haley and Jim Hoeg from Citadel Group and Harry Schwefel and Martin Zinny from SAC Capital Advisors. Karen Grimes of Wellington Management and Josh Cummings of Putnam Investments were the lone 2006 TopGuns continue their designation.

The TopGun US Consumer Products Investment Minds are:
Brandon Haley; Citadel Group
Jim Hoeg; Citadel Group
John Harris; Fidelity Investments
Kumar Venkateswaran; Goldman Sachs Asset Management
Jim Dorment; ING Investment Management
Kathleen Stack; JP Morgan Asset Management
John McMillin; Lord Abbett
Thijs Hovers; Lucerne Capital Management
Josh Cummings; Putnam Investments
Harry Schwefel; SAC Capital Advisors
Martin Zinny; SAC Capital Advisors
Gabriel Plotkin; Sigma Capital Management
William Leach; TIAA-CREF
Mike Braden; UBS Global Asset Management
Karen Grimes; Wellington Management Co.

In European consumer products, both Capital Group and ING Investment Management had two TopGuns each. Arthur Caye and Didier Rheme represented Capital Group while Huub Van Der Riet and Jan Luschen represented ING Investment Management. Veteran Robin Asquith of JP Morgan Asset Management leads the league of European TopGun Investment Minds focused on the consumer products sector. This marks the fifth year of Mr. Asquith’s exceptional status amongst his peers. Stuart Reeve of BlackRock also joined Mr. Asquith in continuing his 2006 designation.

The TopGun European Consumer Products Investment Minds are:
Isabelle Pajot; AXA Investment Managers, France
Stuart Reeve; BlackRock, United Kingdom
Arthur Caye; Capital Group Companies, United Kingdom
Didier Rheme; Capital Group Companies, United Kingdom
Maria Toneva; Fidelity Investments, United Kingdom
Ed Wallace; Gartmore Investment Management, United Kingdom
Huub Van Der Riet; ING Investment Management, Netherlands
Jan Luschen; ING Investment Management, Netherlands
Robin Asquith; JP Morgan Asset Management, United Kingdom

The TopGun Canadian Consumer Products Investment Minds are:
François Lebel; Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec
Stephane Champagne; CI Investments
Steven Vertes; Connor, Clark & Lunn Investment Management
Martin Dufresne; Formerly Fiera Capital

TO DISCUSS THE RESULTS Learn more about the implications of this worldwide search by contacting the project leaders. Brendan Wood International is a Performance and Career Advisor assisting both firms and individuals. The firm has conducted more than 1,000 offsites and management strategy sessions for financial institutions and corporations worldwide. Brendan Wood seeks out optimal financial service relationships for corporations and places TopGun executives and investment professionals in senior rainmaker assignments.

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