Managing Director, Chief Investment Officer
Portfolio Manager, Senior Research Analyst
Vontobel Asset Management, Inc
Matthew Benkendorf is chief investment officer of Vontobel Asset Management, a subadviser to Virtus global mutual funds. He is lead portfolio manager of Vontobel’s emerging markets, international, global, and U.S. equity strategies. Since March 2016, Mr. Benkendorf is lead portfolio manager of the Virtus Foreign Opportunities, Emerging Markets Opportunities, and Global Opportunities Funds. Previously, he served as deputy portfolio manager of the Virtus Global Opportunities Fund since January 2015, and was co-portfolio manager from 2009 through 2014. In addition, he served as lead portfolio manager of the Virtus Greater European Opportunities Fund from its 2009 inception through 2014.
Mr. Benkendorf joined Vontobel Asset Management in 1999 in trade support. After being promoted to trader in 2000, he became a research analyst in 2002, and moved into portfolio management in 2006 as deputy portfolio manager of Vontobel’s European equity strategy. In 2008, he was named lead portfolio manager of the European equity strategy and deputy portfolio manager of the global equity strategy. In 2010, he was appointed deputy portfolio manager of the U.S. equity strategy and named lead portfolio manager in 2012.
As a co-architect of Vontobel’s quality growth philosophy and style, and given his proven success managing Vontobel’s strategies, Mr. Benkendorf was named Chief Investment Officer in March 2016. During his portfolio management tenure, he has been recognized by the industry for his track record, garnering a number of awards from firms such as Morningstar, Lipper, Euro Funds, European Pension Awards, Österreichischer Fondspreis, and Deutscher Fondspreis.
Mr. Benkendorf earned a B.S.B.A. in finance from the University of Denver. He has worked in the investment industry since 1998.