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Ex-Cohen and Steers Sales Head Lands a New Gig


Former Cohen & Steers executive John McCombe has joined Richard Bernstein Advisors as co-president and director of sales and marketing.

McCombe shares presidential duties with David Bloom, who also serves as chief operating officer at the New York firm, which focuses on top-down macro asset allocation and style investing.

Previously, McCombe spent nearly 13 years at Cohen & Steers [see profile], most recently as director of retail sales and marketing and president of Cohen & Steers' distribution arm. He left the firm at the end of last year.

McCombe also helped Tortoise Capital Advisors LLC raise more than $1 billion in a closed-end fund offering two months ago.

Earlier in his career, McCombe was with Merrill Lynch for 14 years.
Company Press Release

Richard Bernstein Advisors Names John McCombe Co-President and Director of Sales & Marketing

NEW YORK, Sept. 9 -- Richard Bernstein Advisors LLC (RBA), an investment firm focused on "top-down" macro asset allocation and style investing, announced today that John McCombe has joined the firm as Co-President and Director of Sales & Marketing.

"We are very excited that John is joining our firm," said founder and Chief Executive Officer Richard Bernstein. "John's well-established track record in creating and distributing products through financial professionals speaks for itself. John has been very successful helping smaller asset managers get shelf space in the very crowded mutual fund arena, and he has strong relationships with key distribution partners. He will work with David Bloom, Co-President and Chief Operating Officer, and me to set strategic direction for the firm and to grow assets under management."

"I am thrilled to be joining RBA's executive team," McCombe added. "Rich is highly respected for his quantitative and contrarian approaches to asset and equity allocation, and I believe there are unique products and funds we can deliver that will help investors navigate the increasingly difficult investment landscape. What we build at RBA is going to address investors' concerns in an innovative way."

John was formerly EVP and Director of Sales & Marketing at Cohen & Steers, and he was instrumental in helping Tortoise Capital Advisors LLC raise over $1 billion in a closed-end fund offering this July.

About Richard Bernstein Advisors

Richard Bernstein Advisors LLC (RBA) is a registered investment adviser focusing on longer-term investment strategies that combine top-down, macroeconomic analysis and quantitatively-driven portfolio construction, utilizing Mr. Bernstein's widely recognized expertise in style investing and asset allocation. The firm's Chief Executive and Chief Investment Officer, Mr. Bernstein has nearly 30 years' experience on Wall Street, including most recently as the Chief Investment Strategist at Merrill Lynch & Co. He is a much-noted expert on equity, style and asset allocation, and was voted to Institutional Investor magazine's annual "All-America Research Team" 18 times, including ten as the top-ranked analyst in his category. Mr. Bernstein's book "Style Investing Unique Insight into Equity Management" is widely viewed as the seminal book on style-oriented investment strategies.



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