Neil Wagner, BlackRock portfolio manager and co-head of its Boston-based U.S. small and midcap growth equity team, will leave the firm to join a hedge fund, according to a consultant who declined to be named. BlackRock spokesman Brian Beades confirmed Mr. Wagners departure but declined to comment on his plans; Mr. Wagner didnt immediately return a call seeking comment.
Eileen Leary, the other co-head of the small and midcap growth equity team, will become sole team leader while continuing as lead portfolio manager of the firms midcap growth equity fund, Mr. Beades said. Andrew F. Thut, co-leader with Mr. Wagner of BlackRocks small-cap growth equity fund, will become lead portfolio manager of that fund, backed up by portfolio manager Andrew Leger. Rob Hallisey, along with Messrs. Thut and Leger, will continue to co-manage the firms smidcap growth equity fund.