UK – September 24, 2008 – Watson Wyatt Worldwide, a leading global consulting firm, has appointed Alex McTavish, Martin Dietz and Tom Wood as investment consultants and Derek Steeden as an investment analyst to its Investment Consulting teams in Reigate, UK.
Alex McTavish joins client consulting from RSA Insurance Group's investment team where he spent five years as an investment analyst, working on tactical asset allocation, manager selection and monitoring and implementation of liability matching. Previously Alex qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Deloitte & Touche.
Martin Dietz joins the quant strategy team from Ernst and Young's Global Financial Services Risk Management department, where he analysed credit risk models across retail and capital market portfolios. Previously Martin was a post-doctoral researcher having completed his PhD in Economics.
Tom Wood joins the strategy team from Towers Perrin where he worked for six years as an actuarial associate giving pensions and benefits advice to corporations and trustees. Derek Steeden joins from Punter Southall, where he was a pensions actuarial associate.
In addition, the firm has also just added a record number of 31 university graduates to its Investment Consulting practice, which is over double the number appointed in 2006.
Paul Trickett, European head of investment consulting at Watson Wyatt, said: "As our business model evolves and demand for particularly our newer services increases, so does the need to add more people. We are fortunate that our firm, the type of clients we advise and the stimulating work we do, enables us to attract and retain some of the best investment talent in the industry."
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About Watson Wyatt Investment Consulting
Watson Wyatt Investment Consulting, a division of Watson Wyatt, is focused on creating financial value for institutional investors through independent, best-in-class investment advice. We are specialist investment professionals who provide co-ordinated investment strategy advice based on expertise in risk assessment, strategic asset allocation, and investment manager selection. Watson Wyatt Investment Consulting provides investment advice to some of the world’s largest pension funds and institutional investors, and has more than 500 associates in Europe, the Americas and Asia.
In the US investment advisory and investment consulting services are provided by Watson Wyatt Investment Consulting, Inc., which is a subsidiary of Watson Wyatt Worldwide Inc. Watson Wyatt Investment Consulting, Inc., is a registered investment adviser with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
About Watson Wyatt
Watson Wyatt (NYSE, NASDAQ: WW) is the trusted business partner to the world’s leading organisations on people and financial issues. The firm’s global services include: managing the cost and effectiveness of employee benefit programs; developing attraction, retention and reward strategies; advising pension plan sponsors and other institutions on optimal investment strategies; providing strategic and financial advice to insurance and financial services companies; and delivering related technology, outsourcing and data services. Watson Wyatt has 7,000 associates in 32 countries and is located on the Web at www.watsonwyatt.com.