New head of equities and alternatives for VicSuper

VicSuper has appointed Kevin Wan Lum as head of equities and alternatives who will be responsible for managing a combined portfolio of over $10 billion.

With the fund recently increasing its strategic allocation to alternative assets from six per cent to 10 per cent, chief investment officer, Oscar Fabian, said Lum is a great hire.

"His depth of knowledge and experience, especially in alternatives will be a valuable addition to the VicSuper investment team's skill set," he said.

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Lum was most recently a portfolio manager for equities and property at Ibbotson Associates. He was also a portfolio manager for Implemented Solutions with QIC, and was the owner and director at Antipodal Capital Management that specialised in investment solutions and multi manager strategies.

VicSuper also hired Effie Tsiaousis as an investment risk analyst who will be responsible for running the risk model in the BlackRock Aladdin system.

Commenting on risk, Fabian said the fund has a "need to enhance our risk management capabilities, including more stress testing of risk scenarios."

Tsiaousis previously worked at Milliman as a financial risk consultant, and before that in equity derivatives at the Australian Securities Exchange.

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