Vontobel Appoints Brian Bandsma Co-Portfolio Manager for Far East Equity and Daniel Kranson Co-Portfolio Manager for European

 Vontobel Appoints Brian Bandsma Co-Portfolio Manager for Far East Equity and
           Daniel Kranson Co-Portfolio Manager for European Equity

PR Newswire

NEW YORK, Feb. 1, 2013

NEW YORK, Feb. 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Vontobel Asset Management, Inc., the
New York-based global equity investment management firm, with over $35 billion
in assets under management, announced that Brian Bandsma and Daniel (Donny)
Kranson were promoted to Co-Portfolio Manager. Effective March 1, 2013, Mr.
Bandsma will become Co-Portfolio Manager of the Far East (ex-Japan) Equity
Strategy with Rajiv Jain as Lead Portfolio Manager. At the same time, Mr.
Kranson will assume his role as Co-Portfolio Manager for the European Equity
Strategy supporting Matthew Benkendorf as Lead Portfolio Manager. Both will
maintain their respective stock research responsibilities.

In making the announcement, Heinrich Schlegel, President and Chief Executive
Officer at Vontobel Asset Management, said, "The recognition of talent is a
natural progression and a reflection of the growth of our firm. Under the
leadership of Rajiv, Brian and Donny have continued to make significant
contributions to the firm's success over the recent years. Vontobel is
well-positioned for future growth and meeting the demands of our valued

Mr. Bandsma, a 10-year veteran at Vontobel, joined the firm in 2002 as a
senior research analyst covering primarily Information Technology, Financials,
Telecommunications and Consumer Discretionary stocks. Mr. Bandsma received a
Master of Business Administration in Finance and Accounting from New York
University Stern School of Business and a Bachelor of Science in Finance from
Grand Valley State University in Michigan.

Mr. Kranson joined Vontobel in 2007 as a senior research analyst with a
primary focus on Consumer Staples, Energy, Health Care and Materials. Mr.
Kranson graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Operations Research from
Columbia University. He is also a CFA Charterholder.

Regarding these appointments, Mr. Jain said, "These advancements from within
are true indications of our strong investment culture and long-term talent
retention. Brian and Donny have been valued resources to the team, and I am
confident that each of them will continue to deliver strong results under my
guidance. We remain committed to augmenting our investment team by adding
talented analysts to the research group."

About Vontobel
Vontobel Asset Management, Inc. is a global investment management firm
dedicated exclusively to managing long-only global equity portfolios.
Established in 1984, Vontobel has over $35 billion in assets under management
as of December 31, 2012. Vontobel serves both institutional and intermediary
clients, including some of the world's leading corporations and public and
private pension funds. Vontobel is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Vontobel
Holding AG and a sister company of Bank Vontobel AG, one of Switzerland's
foremost private banks for over eighty years. Vontobel Holding AG is an
exchange-listed Swiss company.

For additional firm information, please visit www.vusa.com.

SOURCE Vontobel Asset Management, Inc.

Website: http://www.vusa.com
Contact: Catherine Koch, Communications Associate, Vontobel Asset Management,
Inc., +1-212-415-7006, catherine.koch@vusa.com
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