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External Portfolio Management

The EPM group oversees a portfolio of externally managed funds and separate accounts that complement CPP Investments’ internal investment programs. The group has relationships with more than 60 asset managers globally. Fund mandates include public market equities, credit, interest rates, currencies and commodities. EPM forms long term partnerships, irrespective of whether the underlying fund strategy is short- or long-term in nature. The group also makes co-investments alongside external managers.

The team operates from CPP Investments’ Toronto, London, Hong Kong and New York offices and conduct due diligence and research for the Americas, Europe and Asia respectively.

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The EPM team is comprised of experienced professionals with offices in Toronto, New York, London and Hong Kong. Here is a listing of all our senior team members, categorized and searchable by city.

The EPM team is comprised of experienced professionals with offices in Toronto, New York, London and Hong Kong. Here is a listing of all our senior team members, categorized and searchable by city.

The EPM team is comprised of experienced professionals with offices in Toronto, New York, London and Hong Kong. Here is a listing of all our senior team members, categorized and searchable by city.

The EPM team is comprised of experienced professionals with offices in Toronto, New York, London and Hong Kong. Here is a listing of all our senior team members, categorized and searchable by city.

Dimitar Marmarov

Managing Director, External Portfolio Management

Dimitar Marmarov is a Managing Director with CPP Investments’ External Portfolio Management (EPM) team. A member of EPM’s Investment Committee, Dimitar is responsible for risk management and portfolio construction of the hedge fund program. Prior to joining CPP in 2016, he worked at The Carlyle Group and Diversified Global Asset Management – a fund of funds based in Toronto, where he covered a variety of hedge fund strategies, as well as portfolio construction and tail hedging.

Dimitar holds a joint BA degree in Mathematics and Economics from Lafayette College, Pennsylvania. He is a CFA Charterholder.

Timour Zilberchteine

Managing Director, External Portfolio Management

Timour oversees a global portfolio of fixed income hedge funds and multi-strategy funds.

Prior to joining CPP Investments in 2019, Timour was a Director within the External Manager Search and Monitoring group at PSP Investments, covering a wide range of hedge fund strategies. Previously, he was a Principal at Diversified Global Asset Management, where he oversaw fixed income, credit and event-driven strategies. He also spent seven years on the sell side, focused on securitization and structured credit and began his career on an FX trading desk at Rosestbank.

Timour holds a BA from the Russian Academy of Economics and an MBA from Wilfrid Laurier University. He is a CFA charterholder.

Kristopher Weiner

Managing Director, Head of Global Tactical Opportunities

Kris is responsible for EPM’s corporate securities co-investments globally.

Prior to joining CPP Investments in 2018, Kris was a Managing Director in Blackstone’s special situations investing group looking at a wide range of equity, credit and other investments. Previously, he was a portfolio manager and sector head at Waterfront Capital running a diversified consumer portfolio. Before that, Kris was part of the founding team and director of research at Avesta Capital which he started with colleagues from Moore Capital. He began his career at Putnam Investments, working on the Large Cap Growth investment team.

Kris holds a BA in History (cum laude) from Yale University.

Amy Flikerski

Managing Director, Head of External Portfolio Management

Amy is the Head of External Portfolio Management and also oversees global fundamental equity strategies for the External Portfolio Management group.

Prior to joining CPP Investments in 2012, she was a Senior Analyst at Highbridge Capital Management and Talpion Fund Management in New York City. Previously, Amy was involved in hedge fund manager evaluation, selection and research as an Associate at PAAMCO Prisma, and gained investment experience at Moon Capital Management, an emerging markets long/short equity fund, and JGP Gestão de Recursos, a Rio de Janeiro-based macro fund. Amy began her career as a Senior Associate in the High Yield group at Moody’s Investors Service and has worked in the U.S., UK, Brazil, Canada and Hong Kong.

Amy holds a BA in Economics from Brown University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

She is on the board of Elis SA, an international multi-service provider.

Yan Kvitko

Managing Director, External Portfolio Management

Yan is responsible for EPM’s Emerging Manager program globally.

Prior to joining CPP Investments in 2019 he worked at New Holland Capital, where he was a Senior Portfolio Manager responsible for investment research and portfolio management with a focus on quantitative strategies. Yan began his career at Ziff Brothers Investments.

Yan holds a BS in Computer Science from Stanford University and an MA in piano performance from the Conservatorium van Amsterdam. He is a CFA charterholder.

Sajjad Qasmi

Managing Director, External Portfolio Management

Sajjad oversees a global portfolio of relative value corporate credit, distressed credit, structured credit, rates trading and emerging market debt fund investments.

Prior to joining CPP Investments in 2008, he spent several years with technology firms in Canada and the U.S.

Sajjad holds an MSc. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Waterloo and an MMF from the University of Toronto. He is a chartered Professional Engineer in Ontario.

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