BlackRock’s Richard Mathieson Replaces Ebner on Long-Short Fund

  • He is a managing director in the firm’s quantitative group
  • Portfolio manager will move to San Francisco from London

Richard Mathieson, who led the European investment-strategy team for BlackRock Inc.’s quantitative-stock group, has become a portfolio manager on the firm’s $1.4 billion mutual fund that bets on and against equities.

Mathieson, a managing director in the scientific active-equity unit, replaces Paul Ebner as one of three portfolio managers on the BlackRock Global Long/Short Equity Fund, according to a regulatory filing on Friday. Ebner left last month to join Canada Pension Plan Investment Board as a senior portfolio manager on the quantitative team.

BlackRock’s scientific active-equity team has undergone recent changes. The firm this week said that it hired Mark Wiseman, who was head of Canada’s largest pension fund, to run its global active-equity business, which includes the quant group. Ken Kroner, who was the head of that group, will retire later this year, according to a memo provided by the firm in January. As part of a reorganization, BlackRock said in the same memo it would combine the unit with the fundamental equity business.

Mathieson will move to San Francisco from London, confirmed Ed Sweeney, spokesman for BlackRock. Raffaele Savi and Kevin Franklin are the other portfolio managers on the long/short fund.