Diamond Hill Investment Group
] chief Ric Dillon
is taking off one of his hats while promoting two of his own.
Yesterday the Columbus, Ohio-based mutual fund firm revealed the elevation of Chris Bingaman
to co-chief investment officer and of Laurie Riebel
to managing director of institutional business.
Bingaman joins co-CIO Chris Welch
on December 31. Dillon will hand his own co-CIO spot to Bingaman while continuing to serve as CEO and as a co-PM of the firm's long-short strategy, after bringing Welch up to co-CIO last year. A PM, Bingaman first joined Diamond Hill ten years ago.
Riebel joined Diamond Hill as a client PM four years ago, working in the office of investments at Columbus-based Nationwide Insurance.
Dillon emphasized that the co-CIO swap will result in "no change" in Diamond Hill's "shared investment philosophy and process."
"The CIO role is focused primarily on the external communication of Diamond Hill's investment philosophy and process," Dillon stated.
Publicly-traded Diamond Hill (DHIL) boasted about $8.5 billion in assets under management as of November 30.
Company Press Release
Columbus, Ohio ó December 27, 2011 ó Diamond Hill Investment Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:DHIL) today announced two organizational changes. Chris Bingaman, CFA will assume Ric Dillonís role as Co-Chief Investment Officer (Co-CIO) sharing this role with Chris Welch, effective December 31, 2011. Ric Dillon will continue in his role as a co-portfolio manager of Diamond Hillís Long-Short strategy and as CEO of Diamond Hill. Mr. Bingaman joined Diamond Hill in 2001 and has 21 years of related industry experience. His primary focus will continue to be on his role as a portfolio manager.
ďAs with the addition of Chris Welch as Co-CIO in June 2010, there will be no change in our shared investment philosophy and process,Ē said Mr. Dillon. ďThe CIO role is focused primarily on the external communication of Diamond Hillís investment philosophy and process, including client-related investment team efforts and communications. As always, the portfolio managers are ultimately responsible for decision making regarding their respective investment strategy, asset allocation, portfolio construction, and security selection.Ē
Laurie Riebel, CFA was named Managing Director - Institutional Business. In this role, she will be responsible for institutional business development, client portfolio management, and client relations. Ms. Riebel joined Diamond Hill in 2007 as a client portfolio manager. Previously, she worked at Nationwide Insurance where she served in a variety of roles within the Office of Investments, including fixed income analyst and portfolio manager.
ďOur organizational structure continues to evolve with the growth in our institutional business as institutions and consultants find value in our long-term, intrinsic value investment philosophy and process. Providing a high level of client service and building lasting relationships has always been part of our vision at Diamond Hill, and Laurie has proven to be a capable leader in servicing our institutional clients,Ē said Mr. Dillon.
This evolution in organizational structure will benefit Diamond Hillís clients by establishing depth within the organization and taking advantage of the unique talents of each individual through expanded responsibilities.
About Diamond Hill:
Diamond Hill Capital Management, Inc. is an independent investment management firm with significant employee ownership and $8.5 billion in assets under management as of November 30, 2011. The firm provides investment management services to institutions and individuals through mutual funds, institutional separate accounts, and private investment funds. Diamond Hillís entire investment team shares the same intrinsic value investment philosophy focused on absolute returns, and the firmís interests are firmly aligned with its clients through significant investment in its strategies. For more information on Diamond Hill, visit www.diamond-hill.com.
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