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Vanguard announces new Investment Head for Asia-Pacific region

Vanguard | 05 February 2014


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Vanguard announced today that Mr. Rodney Comegys has been appointed Head of Investments Asia-Pacific and Head of Equity Investment Group Asia-Pacific.

Mr. Comegys, who has held a number of different investment and leadership roles in the US during his 14-year career with Vanguard, currently leads the ETF trading and index analysis teams, which are part of Vanguard's Equity Investment Group that manages 79 portfolios and $1.3 trillion in assets.

He will relocate to Vanguard's Australian head office in Melbourne where he will take over the regional role from Gregory Davis, who is returning to Vanguard's Pennsylvania headquarters to serve as the Global Head of Vanguard's Fixed Income Group.

Mr. Comegys will be responsible for the Asia-Pacific Equity Investment Group as well as leading Vanguard's experienced team of 53 investment professionals in Australia.

Vanguard's Chief Investment Officer Tim Buckley said:
"Over the past couple of years, Vanguard's Investment Management Group has undergone significant change and growth as it has adapted to the increasingly globalised world of funds management.

"Our appointment of Rodney as the Head of Investments in Asia-Pacific reflects our adoption of a global strategy that aligns and integrates our investment functions worldwide. As a result, Vanguard will be better able to leverage its significant resources and deliver the best possible outcomes for investors."

Vanguard's Managing Director in Australia, John James said:
"We are excited for Vanguard in Australia and across the broader Asia-Pacific region to see Rodney move to Melbourne to take on the investment leadership role. It is also great to see Greg Davis move from Melbourne to take on the role of Global Head of Vanguard's Fixed Income Group.

"These senior appointments demonstrate both the depth of Vanguard's investment management team and our commitment to the Asia-Pacific region."

 



Rodney Comegys

Rodney Comegys is Principal and Head of Investments for Vanguard Asia Pacific and Head of Equity Investment Group Vanguard Asia Pacific, responsible for the Asia-Pacific Equity Investment Group as well as leading Vanguard's experienced team of 53 investment professionals in Australia.

Prior to this Rodney was head of the Index Analysis and ETF Trading teams in Vanguard Equity Investment Group based in Malvern, Pennsylvania. In this role, he worked with portfolio management teams, index providers, and markets makers to ensure the quality and performance of Vanguard's index providers and ETFs. He also led the Global Broker Relations team which supports the Fixed Income and Equity Investment Groups with the strategic relationship management of their dealers/brokers.

Rodney has been with Vanguard's investment management team since 2008, where he initially oversaw risk analysis for Fixed Income and Equity Investment Groups. He has been a part of the launch process of Vanguard's newest ETFs, expansion of the international business, and was responsible for building Vanguard's equity systems' processes and technology. Rodney previously managed the Six Sigma quality-improvement program. He also led Vanguard's Arizona retail business and worked in the 401(k) operations area. Before joining Vanguard in 1999, Mr. Comegys was a U.S. Navy nuclear submarine officer.

Rodney earned a B.S. in engineering and a master's degree in regional science economics from the University of Pennsylvania. He earned an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.