Fund manager tenure from 28/02/2019
Michael Stiasny has been Charifund’s investment manager since November 2016, when he succeeded industry veteran Richard Hughes. Michael is also manager of the M&G Dividend Fund and the M&G UK Income Distribution Fund. His other responsibilities include deputy manager of the M&G Recovery Fund. Michael joined M&G in 1998 as an equity analyst, becoming head of the equity research team in 2004 and was appointed deputy on the M&G Recovery Fund in 2011. He graduated with a 1st in PPE from Oxford University in 1997 and qualified as a CFA charterholder in 2001.
James Taylor was appointed deputy fund manager of the M&G Dividend Fund in August 2019. He joined M&G in 2014 as a graduate before becoming an embedded analyst in the Income team in January 2016 where he supported the managers of the M&G UK Select, M&G Dividend and M&G Pan-European Dividend funds. In March 2019, the M&G UK Select Fund and the M&G Dividend Fund were transferred to the UK Equities team and James moved across with them. He graduated from the University of Bath with a BSc in Business Administration, and has passed all three levels of the CFA program.
Kotaro Miyata is the investment specialist providing support for M&G's equity income fund range which includes the M&G Global Dividend Fund, as well as the M&G Global Listed Infrastructure Fund and the M&G (Lux) Global Listed Infrastructure Fund which were launched in October 2017. Prior to joining M&G in 2006, he was a fund manager at Invesco Asset Management, where he was responsible for European and UK equities within the Global Equities team. Kotaro holds the Securities Institute Diploma and graduated from Oxford University in 1994 with a degree in classics.
Stephanie Betts joined M&G in January 2018 as Investment Specialist for the Income team focusing on M&G Pan European Dividend Fund, M&G European Select Fund, M&G Dividend Fund and M&G UK Select Fund. She joined from Citigroup (after an extended maternity leave) where she was managing the European equities desk selling to French and a selection of UK institutional accounts. Stephanie began her career as a securities regulation lawyer with Sullivan & Cromwell (New York) before transferring to Lehman Brothers in investment banking (New York), and equities sales (London). Thereafter, she joined JP Morgan and latterly Citigroup. Stephanie graduated from New York University School of Law with a Master’s Degree (LLM) in Corporate Taxation & Securities Regulations and holds an MBA in Corporate Taxation and Finance from the Institute of Political Sciences in Paris and a Law Degree in Corporate Law & Tax from the University of Paris II–Assas.
George Rolls joined M&G in 2017 from Close Brothers Asset Management where he had worked as a senior performance and risk analyst for three years. At M&G, George was a fund managers’ assistant covering global equity strategies for two years before moving to the UK Equities team as an investment specialist. He graduated from the University of Manchester with a BA in Politics and Philosophy, and is a Level III candidate in the CFA program.