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Irish Life Investment Managers appoints new Head of Liability Driven Investment (LDI)

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Irish Life Investment Managers (ILIM) has appointed John Thornton as its new Head of Liability Driven Investment (LDI).

In his new role, Thornton is responsible for extending ILIM’s LDI product offering to include a swap based LDI fund solution to complement its existing physical bond LDI product. Prior to his appointment as Head of Liability Driven Investment (LDI), Thornton was Senior Fixed Income Fund Manager at ILIM where he actively managed EUR6 billion in fixed income funds, as well as trading cash bonds, bond futures and managing currency exposure.
 
Thornton joined ILIM in 2011 from UBS in London where his desk was a market maker for European asset-backed securities; trading with fund managers, insurance companies, banks and hedge funds globally. Preceding his role in UBS, John worked at RBS and JP Morgan in London, as well as Canada Life in Dublin.
 
Anthony MacGuinness, Director – Deputy CIO & Head of Quantitative Strategies, Irish Life Investment Managers, says: “We are delighted to announce John Thornton as the new Head of Liability Driven Investment (LDI). John has not only had a distinguished career with Irish Life throughout his eight years but also with previous employers such as UBS, RBS, and JP Morgan.
 
“John has been a key driver of our newly launched swap based Nominal and Real LDI Funds. ILIM has successfully managed LDI solutions for over 10 years on behalf of clients, but we have enhanced this offering with new funds, coupled with the appointment of John in this newly established role. Both of these are key to how we work with defined benefit pension schemes as they continue on their de-risking journey. Our relentless focus on the best solutions for this maturing market will ensure John will be a key resource for ILIM and our clients as they look to navigate the challenge of meeting their liabilities and ultimately their pension promise to their members.”
 
Thornton has a BA in Actuarial and Financial studies from University College Dublin where he graduated in 2002. He is also a qualified actuary, having qualified from the Society of Actuaries in Ireland while working in life assurance.
 

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