Janus Henderson Investors expands Australian Fixed Interest team

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Janus Henderson Investors (ASX / NYSE: JHG) has announced the appointment of Mr Dinesh Kuhadas in the newly created role as Credit Analyst.

Based in Melbourne, this role will directly report to Mr Jay Sivapalan, Head of Australian Fixed Interest.

Mr Sivapalan said: “The Janus Henderson Australian Fixed Interest business has experienced significant growth and evolved over the past few years with an increase in clients, products and assets under management. As we continue to serve our clients’ changing needs and expand our spectrum of contemporary investment solutions, we have added further resourcing in the area of credit research to help support this growth.”

Mr Sivapalan continues: “We are excited that Dinesh Kuhadas is joining our close knit Australian Fixed Interest investment team in Melbourne. Dinesh brings extensive credit research expertise to the team, with more than 19 years industry experience and 12 years’ specifically in credit analysis, which will further enhance our ability to deliver market-leading investment solutions for our clients.”

Mr Kuhadas, originally a trained Auditor, joins Janus Henderson Investors from River Capital (a Melbourne based boutique asset manager) where he has worked for the past 12 years as a Credit Analyst. During his time, he was responsible for bottom up credit research of Australian and global issuers in investment grade and high yield credit securities, as well as private debt/loans and asset backed markets. Mr Kuhadas is both a Chartered Accountant (CA) and a Certified Practicing Accountant (CPA) having gained his earlier experience in the financial services industry at Deloitte and PWC.

In addition, Janus Henderson announced that in recognition of the comprehensive inclusion of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) factors in bottom-up research over the past few years by the Janus Henderson Australian Fixed Interest team, Mr Ashley Kopczynski, Associate Portfolio Manager – Credit & ESG, will formally take carriage of the team’s ESG approach. This incorporates the ESG framework employed by the team, company engagement, investor advocacy and working with the firm’s steering committees as part of his role.

Commenting on this, Mr Sivapalan said “Investor preferences are evolving quickly in the area of ESG. The ability to direct capital to shape company strategy and behaviour is also becoming more tangible as clients’ expectations will only increase in the years ahead. We feel that having a dedicated champion such as Ashley within our investment team will ensure best practice is critical to being at the forefront of these developments.”  

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