Macro Allocation Fund

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Brian D Singer, CFA

Head of the Dynamic Allocation Strategies team and Portfolio Manager. Prior to joining William Blair in 2011, Brian was the head of investment strategies at Singer Partners, LLC. Previously, Brian was the head of global investment solutions and the Americas chief investment officer for UBS Global Asset Management, where he was a member of the UBS Group managing board and global asset management executive committee. Brian is a member of the CFA Society of Chicago and a member of the CFA Institute board of trustees research foundation. He formerly served as a board member and chair of the CFA Institute board of governors. He serves on the endowment investment committee for Exeter College at Oxford University and is the chairman of the “Free to Choose Network,” which is inspired by the ideas of economist Milton Friedman. Brian serves as a member on the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago Foundation Board. In 1991 Brian co-wrote “Determinants of Portfolio Performance II: An Update” with Gary Brinson and Gilbert Beebower; this research serves as a landmark update to one of the pioneering studies on asset allocation. In 2009, Brian was the lead author of Investment Leadership and Portfolio Management, Wiley Publishing.

Education:
M.B.A., University of Chicago; B.A., Northwestern University

Tenure with William Blair: Since 2011

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Thomas Clarke

Portfolio Manager on the Dynamic Allocation Strategies (DAS) team. In this role, Tom shares, with Brian Singer, ultimate responsibility for strategy setting and portfolio construction across all DAS portfolios. Before joining William Blair in 2011, Tom was a member of Singer Partners’ investment team with a special focus on currency strategy. Until 2009, Tom was a managing director and head of currency analysis and strategy for the global investment solutions team of UBS Global Asset Management.  There, he set currency strategies for multi-asset, global and international equity, and fixed income portfolios, and developed and oversaw the currency analysis process. Tom was also a member of the global asset allocation and currency committees and the U.K. investment committee. Before joining UBS in 2000, Tom was head of currency for Rothschild Asset Management, where he spent 10 years as part of the fixed income and currency group.

Education:
BSc., University of Manchester (UK).  

Tenure with William Blair: Since 2011