Growth Fund

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John Jostrand, CFA

Portfolio Manager on the All Cap Growth team. John joined William Blair 1993. From 1997 to 2010, he was also a Portfolio Manager for the Large Cap Growth team. Previously, John was Director, Investments, Equity Portfolio Manager, and Venture Capital Funds Manager with TRW, Inc. for 10 years. Prior to that, he was an Assistant Trust Officer, Equity Fund Manager, and Research Analyst with Boatmen’s National Bank for five years. He is a member of the CFA Institute and the CFA Society of Chicago, where he was previously Director of the Board. He is a Trustee of the Chancellor’s Society at the University of Missouri, Board of Director for National Easter Seals and is Vice Chairman of Board for Easter Seals of DuPage & Fox Valley Region, and was past President of the Pilgrim Village Board of Trustees.

B.A., University of Missouri; M.B.A., University of Michigan.

Tenure with William Blair: Since 1993

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David C Fording, CFA

Portfolio Manager on the All Cap Growth team. David joined the team and William Blair in 2005. From 2010 to 2011, he was also Co-Director of Global Research for Investment Management. Previously, David was a Portfolio Manager for the Mid Cap Growth Fund at TIAA-CREF Investment Management, Inc. for two years. Prior to that role, he was an Equity Analyst responsible for covering Media and Entertainment stocks on a global basis for five years, and he was a member of the Large Cap Growth Portfolio Management team for two years. He is a member of the CFA Institute and the CFA Society of Chicago. 

Education: B.A., Tufts University, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa; M.B.A., Stern School of Business, New York University.

Tenure with William Blair: Since 2005