Dimensional Fund Advisors Ltd. Appoints Distinguished Industry Veteran as Head of European Sales
July 2, 2018
Dimensional, a global asset manager with €476 billion of assets under management as of 31 March 2018, has appointed Erik van Houwelingen as Head of European Sales of its UK subsidiary, Dimensional Fund Advisors Ltd. (DFAL). Dimensional is a pioneer of systematic factor investing and for 37 years has brought together the best minds in modern finance with innovative implementation to meet the needs of investors around the world. DFAL has been working in Europe for three decades, and this appointment reflects Dimensional’s enthusiasm and continued investment in the region. Van Houwelingen has worked with DFAL as a consultant for the past year and will join the firm in this new capacity in the beginning of September.
John Romiza, Co-CEO of DFAL said: “It is a privilege to welcome Erik to Dimensional, and we look forward to the wealth of industry experience he brings. We have built many close relationships with investors in Europe and have seen our approach resonate with people seeking investment strategies grounded in empirical evidence and a track record of delivering results for clients.”
Erik van Houwelingen said: “Dimensional is a firm with strong client-centric values. That ethos, combined with a proven investment proposition informed by rigorous research, makes Dimensional a global force with huge potential to change the way people in Europe approach their investments. I am honored to work with a firm of such high caliber and to have the opportunity to bring Dimensional Investing to a broader audience in Europe.”
About Erik van Houwelingen
During his 25-year career, Erik van Houwelingen has acquired vast experience in the global investment industry, holding senior posts in asset management and as a board member of one of Europe’s largest public pension funds.
He has served on the Board of Trustees and as Chairman of the Investment Committee at ABP, the Dutch government pension fund, and was Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Achmea Investment Management. Van Houwelingen will be stepping down from his board positions at ABP and Achmea prior to joining Dimensional in September. Previously, he enjoyed 18 distinguished years at Aegon Asset Management, where he rose to serve as CEO. He received his PhD and MBA from the University of Georgia in the United States.
Van Houwelingen has worked as an independent consultant to Dimensional since 2017 and will be assuming the full-time role as Head of European Sales in September 2018.
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