International Growth Fund

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Jeff Urbina, CFA

Portfolio Manager for the William Blair International Growth, International Small Cap Growth, and Emerging Markets strategies. Jeff is also a member of the firm’s executive committee. Previously, he was a Senior Vice President and Portfolio Manager of the Van Kampen American Capital Navigator Fund, an emerging market equity fund listed on the Luxembourg exchange. While at Van Kampen, he also served as the Director of Research and was a member of the Investment Policy Committee for the firm. Prior to joining Van Kampen in 1991, Jeff spent almost 15 years in the commercial banking business with Citibank where he was a Vice President and Senior Relationship Manager in the bank’s real estate group, and with Harris Bank in Chicago where he was an International Banking Officer. He is a member of the CFA Institute and the CFA Society of Chicago. 

B.A., Northwestern University; M.M., Northwestern University Kellogg Graduate School of Management

Tenure with William Blair: Since 1996

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Simon Fennell

Portfolio manager for the International Growth, International Small Cap Growth and International Leaders strategies. Since joining the firm in 2011, Simon previously served as a TMT Research Analyst, also focusing on idea generation and strategy more broadly.  Prior to joining William Blair, Simon was a Managing Director in the Equities division at Goldman Sachs in London and Boston, where he was responsible for institutional, equity research coverage for European and International stocks. Previously, Simon was in the Corporate Finance Group at Lehman Brothers in London and Hong Kong, working in the M&A and Debt Capital Markets Groups.

Education: M.A., University of Edinburgh; M.B.A., Johnson Graduate School of Management, Cornell University.

Tenure with William Blair: Since 2011

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Ken McAtamney

Portfolio Manager for the William Blair International Growth, Global Leaders and International Leaders strategies. Ken joined William Blair in 2005 and previously served as co-director of research, as well as mid-large cap Industrials and Healthcare analyst. Prior to joining William Blair, Ken was a Vice President for Goldman Sachs and Co., responsible for institutional equity research coverage for both international and domestic equity, and he was a Corporate Banking Officer with NBD Bank.

Education: B.A., Michigan State University; M.B.A. Indiana University.

Tenure with William Blair: Since 2005