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Tyndall AM has further strengthened its already significant fixed income team with the appointment of James Alexander to the newly created role of deputy head of fixed income.

Mr Alexander will report to Roger Bridges, Tyndall’s long-standing head of fixed income.

In the new role, Mr Alexander will assume responsibility for the day-to-day management of the fixed income team and will also oversee Tyndall’s fixed income investment process.

Mr Bridges, in addition to overall responsibility for Tyndall’s fixed income activities, will increase his focus on research and developing strategic direction for the Tyndall fixed income funds.

Mr Bridges said the position was created to provide additional resources in the fixed income team and support team members in their areas of expertise.

“It will also allow me to formulate macroeconomic viewpoints for portfolio positioning and work more closely with asset consultants and institutional clients in developing individual fixed income strategies, building even stronger relationships with them.

“The expanded team fits in with the overall strategy for Tyndall fund managers to work more closely with our parent, Nikko AM, to enable us to take Tyndall investment strategies to Asian markets, bring Nikko AM funds to Australia, and access the group’s total fixed income knowledge,” Mr Bridges said.

Mike Davis, managing director at Tyndall AM, said that one of Tyndall’s key strengths, in both fixed income and equities, is the experience, depth and stability of its teams.

“This appointment is the latest in a process that started two years ago, during which time we have added two credit analysts, an investment specialist, an independent risk manager and an investment writer to the fixed income team.

“James’s appointment allows us to better leverage Roger’s main strength in investment knowledge, freeing Roger to focus specifically on research, thus providing oversight of our strategic direction for all of Tyndall’s Australian Fixed Income funds.

“Although James will help refine and streamline our processes, there will be no fundamental change in the Tyndall AM fixed income investment process, philosophy or strategy.  The Tyndall AM fixed income team will maintain its core focus on managing downside risk and maintaining low volatility for its clients,” Mr Davis said.

Mr Alexander has 22 years’ industry experience.  Previous roles include senior portfolio manager, global fixed income, at Redpoint Investment Management; director, Australian fixed income, and director, passive and enhanced fixed income, at AllianceBernstein Australia; head of fixed income at RMB Asset Management; and analyst at Australian Gilt Securities Limited.  He holds a bachelor of commerce (finance major) from the University of Alberta, Canada.

Tyndall AM is a multi-specialist Australian investment manager, offering investment funds in Australian shares, Australian and international fixed interest, and alternative assets, as well as a multi-manager capability to retail and institutional investors in Australia.  It has approximately A$23 billion in funds under management (as at 31 March 2013).

Tyndall AM is a wholly owned subsidiary of Nikko Asset Management Co., Ltd., the largest asset manager headquartered in Asia with approximately A$156 billion in funds under management (as at 31 March 2013).

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For more information please contact:

Roger Bridges – Phone: 02 8072 6350

Mike Davis – Phone: 02 8072 6301

12 June 2013