Voya Investment Management chooses emerging markets debt head

Jean-Dominique Butikofer has joined the fixed-income team at Voya Investment Management as head of emerging markets, spokesman Christopher Breslin said.

Mr. Butikofer replaces Marcelo Assalin, who is now part of Nationale Nederlanden, the European insurance and investment management business of ING Group.

Mr. Butikofer will direct the investment strategy for emerging markets, “including sovereign and corporate debt, macro analysis, country research, sovereign risk, currencies, local rates and asset allocation across subasset classes,” a news release said. He will be based in Atlanta and report to Matt Toms, managing director and head of public fixed income.

Mr. Butikofer was head of the emerging markets fixed-income team at UBP Asset Management in Zurich. Representatives from parent company Union Bancaire Privee did not return a telephone call seeking further information by press time.

Voya Investment Management had $214 billion in assets under management as of June 30. ING U.S. spun off last year from its former Dutch parent, ING Group NV. ING U.S. Investment Management’s name was changed to Voya Investment Management on May 1.