Senior Managing Director and Portfolio Manager
Chief Investment Officer, Rampart Investment Management
Warun Kumar is a senior managing director at Virtus Investment Partners, responsible for quantitative investment strategies. Mr. Kumar serves as portfolio manager of the Virtus Trend Funds since 2015. He is also chief investment officer of Rampart Investment Management, a Virtus affiliate specializing in option strategies.
Prior to joining Virtus in 2014, Mr. Kumar was a managing partner at Varick Asset Management, an alternative investment firm, where he developed derivative-based active and passive investment strategies. Prior to forming Varick in 2010, he was the head of the Americas division of Barclays Capital Fund Solutions, which managed derivative-based strategies for institutional clients and third-party funds. Mr. Kumar’s role at Barclays evolved from his previous role at Lehman Brothers (which was acquired by Barclays), where he led the structured investments team that designed and built derivative-based products for individual and institutional investors.
Mr. Kumar began managing derivative investment portfolios in 2001 at Volaris Advisors, a derivative advisory firm, where, as a partner and head of the investment team, he developed and managed option trading strategies. From 2002 to 2007, he was a managing partner at Sigma Advisors, an investment consulting firm he founded, which was focused on portfolio construction and asset allocation strategies for institutional clients.
Mr. Kumar began his career in the capital markets, working for J.P. Morgan’s equity derivatives business (1993-1999) where he focused on concentrated stock hedging and monetization transactions, before moving to Robertson Stephens (1999-2001) where he was head of equity derivatives marketing.
Mr. Kumar earned a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Columbia University. He began his career in the investment industry in 1993.