Fries is Set to Part with the Thornburg Value Fund
Bill Fries, who has managed the Thornburg Value Fund since its launch in 1995, will step down from the $3.6 billion fund effective January 1, 2010. His co-managers Edward Maran and Connor Browne will continue to run the fund.
Fries will remain a co-manager of the $16.2 billion Thornburg International Fund.
Company Press Release
SANTA FE, NM ‐‐ William Fries will step down as co‐manager of Thornburg Value
Fund (TVAFX), effective January 1, 2010, it was announced today. Edward Maran and
Connor Browne will continue to co‐manage the fund. Fries will stay on the Thornburg
equity team and as co‐manager of Thornburg International Value Fund (TGVAX).
Fries noted that, "It has been a pleasure working with Ed and Connor these many years. They are true professionals, having demonstrated the analytical skills and independent thinking that supports our comprehensive approach to value investing. Their material contributions in stock selection and overall positioning have been increasingly reflected in portfolio performance in recent years. Since the exceptional year we are having is largely
due to their efforts, it is a good time to formally complete the management transition."
According to Brian McMahon, Thornburg Investment Management CEO, "We respect Bill's decision and look forward to his counsel in the years to come. Since Thornburg Value Fund's founding in 1995, Bill has done a great job guiding the fund. Ed and Connor have worked with Bill for the past seven years and have developed keen eyes for value. We are confident this will stand Thornburg Value Fund in good stead. We expect this transition to
be seamless based on the collaborative nature of TIM's team approach to portfolio
Messrs. Maran and Browne said that, "It has been a wonderful experience to have
worked side by side with Bill co‐managing Thornburg Value Fund. We will work to
continue Bill's legacy of finding stocks that represent 'comprehensive value' and welcome
his advice and wisdom going forward."
Maran & Browne Backgrounds
Edward Maran, 51, and Connor Browne, 30, are managing directors and co‐portfolio
managers of Thornburg Value Fund. Their responsibilities include portfolio management,
research and analyzing companies for consideration in the Thornburg Equity Funds. Maran
and Browne are responsible for evaluating existing positions and overall portfolio
Maran joined Thornburg Investment Management as an associate portfolio manager
in 2002, and was named managing director in 2004. He was promoted to co‐portfolio
manager of the Value Fund in 2006. Prior to joining Thornburg, Ed worked as a financial
analyst at British Petroleum, as a private equity investment analyst at Kling, Rechter & Co.,
and as the senior analyst covering major oils at A.G. Edwards & Sons. After that, he was the
analyst with primary responsibility for the financial services stocks at USAA Investment
Management Company. Maran received a BS from the United States Military Academy at
West Point and an MBA in Finance from the University of Chicago. He is a CFA
Browne joined Thornburg Investment Management in August of 2001 as an
associate portfolio manager and in 2006 was promoted to co‐portfolio manager for the
Value Fund at which time, he was also named managing director. Browne graduated Cum
Laude from Princeton University with a BA in Economics and a certificate in Finance. He is
a CFA charterholder.
Thornburg Investment Management, Inc., established in 1982, manages nine fixed
income and six equity funds, and separate accounts for high net worth and institutional
investors, totaling approximately $47 billion in assets under management as of September
30, 2009. All Thornburg funds offer strategies for building real wealth emanating from
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