Currency management firm QCAM Currency Asset Management has named three new members of its Supervisory Board and unveiled the appointment of Martin Pendert to its Executive Board.

Gary Klopfenstein, Hélie D’Hautefort and Ekaterina Schiess are joining the Supervisory Board, Klopfenstein has previously served as an advisor to the firm and is chairman of Chicago-based GK Investment Management. Prio to that he spent just over two years as CEO of Berenberg Asset Management in Chicago, having joined that firm from four years as a senior managing director at Mesirow Financial. At Mesirow, Klopfenstein established the institutional currency management practice and expanded it to over $ 50 billion in less than 10 years.

D’Hautefort was the founder of Overlay Asset Management, a company that focused on currency overlay, which was acquired by BNP Paribas Asset Management in 2001. In its 10-year partnership with BNP Paribas Asset Management, the company managed client assets in excess of $ 20 billion. Today, D’Hautefort is CEO of OptimInvest, an asset manager focused on quantitative investment strategies based in Geneva, and CEO of Reserve Currency Solutions in Zug, a company that offers digital currencies in the blockchain.

Schiess becomes the first woman appointed to the Board with a 20-year career in the financial industry that includes management positions at UBS, Clariden Leu, HSBC, Bank Hofmann and Verum Capital – mostly in Switzerland. Thomas Suter, CEO of QCAM says, “[Schiess’] qualifications and experience in the field of digitisation and FinTech are particularly valuable for our future strategic direction.”

Having worked as a portfolio manager at QCAM since 2012, Pendert now becomes a member of the Management Committee. “We are pleased that we were able to win Martin Pendert to strengthen our management,” says Suter. “Martin Pendert’s appointment to top management is the consequence of his many years of dedication and great loyalty to our company. His outstanding investment expertise and wealth of experience are particularly in demand in these challenging times.”


Colin Lambert

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