Patrick J. Ford was named managing director and senior portfolio manager at Columbia Management, said spokesman Jon Goldstein. It is a new position. Mr. Ford will help oversee development and execution of the companys cash investments business. Columbia manages $208 billion in cash, roughly 40% of the firms overall assets under management. Mr. Ford will also co-manage Columbias prime money market funds with portfolio manager Patrick Graham. Mr. Ford was a senior portfolio manager at BlackRock, where he worked in the companys prime money market funds group. Spokesman Brian Beades said the company does not comment on personnel matters.