Mr. Bison is a German citizen and the Executive Chairman of the Company. In the 1980s, Mr. Bison began raising assets for a number of hedge fund managers who have since risen to global prominence. In 1992, Mr. Bison founded the EIM Group in order to provide tailor made solutions to the growing institutional market for hedge funds and built the EIM Group into one of the leading players in the industry. Mr. Bison has served as an industry expert on a number of panels for French, Swiss, German and US regulatory bodies, and is a founding member of the Alternative Investment Management Association. Mr. Bison is also actively engaged in extensive charitable work, in particular as a founding trustee of ARK (Absolute Return for Kids).
Mr Pettis is a Non-Executive Director of the Company. Following a 30 year career in banking and investment management, of which more than half on the executive board, with institutions in the UK, Switzerland, and Germany, Mr. Pettis is a principal of Pettis Capital Partners, providing consultancy services to private and institutional clients. His previous executive posts include Country Manager for Bank of America, CFO for Rothschilds Bank Zurich, Division Executive for Citigroup Private Bank, Division Executive for the Banque Cantonale Vaudoise, and CEO for Piguet Galland & Cie. He holds, or has held, a number of non-executive positions including as Chairman, Swisscanto Holding AG, Gérifonds S.A, Rothschild Fund Management AG, Banque Piguet S.A., Rothschild Bank Switzerland (C.I.) Ltd, and Citigroup Switzerland S.A. He holds a degree in Law from Southampton University and a joint MBA from Cranfield Institute of Technology and INSEAD
Non-Executive Director, became a director of the Company in 2007. For thirteen years until 2003, Mr Staples was a partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers and led the tax practice in the South East of England advising several large family and owner-managed businesses. He was also a member of the management board of the firm’s London and South East Middle Markets Tax Practice. Since leaving PwC, Mr Staples has joined the boards of several groups of companies as a non-executive director. He is Chairman of MedicX Fund Limited (listed on LSE main market) and Chairman of the audit committee of Premier Renewable Energy Fund Limited (listed on LSE main market). His other appointments include directorships of the general partners of four very large Apax private equity funds and a private property investment group. Mr Staples is resident in Guernsey where he is Chairman of the Chartered Institute of Taxation. He is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and an associate of the Chartered Institute of Taxation. He also holds the Institute of Directors’ Diploma in Company Direction and has been granted a personal fiduciary licence by the Guernsey Financial Services Commission. Mr Staples has a BSC in Business Economics and Accounting from the University of Southampton.
Non-Executive Director, became a director of the Company in 2007. Mr. Garrett began his 44 year career with Nestlé in 1961 and has worked in Switzerland, Australia, the U.K. and Japan. In 1974, Mr. Garrett headed Nestlé’s confectionery business in the U.K. before taking a position in Australia, first as Marketing Director and subsequently as Managing Director of Nestlé Australia Ltd. Mr. Garrett was assigned to Japan as Head of Market between 1990 and 1993 before being appointed as Zone Director and Member of the Executive Board of Nestlé S.A., responsible for Asia and Oceania in March 1993. In July 1996, Mr. Garrett’s responsibilities were expanded to include Africa and the Middle East. Mr. Garrett sat on the World Trade Organization Business Advisory Council in Switzerland between 2002 and 2005 and was also a member of the Lausanne/Tokyo Business Leaders Club and a visiting International Fellow of the Sir William Tyree Foundation of the Australia Industry Association. Mr. Garrett is as a Board Member of Nestlé India and also serves as a non-executive director on the Boards of Bobst Group in Switzerland and Hasbro Inc. Mr. Garrett retired as a Non-Executive Director from the board of Prudential Plc on 31st August, 2013. Mr. Garrett was recently appointed as a Member of the Finance and Performance Review Committee of the Board of the Prince of Wales International Business Leaders Forum as well as being an international member of the Swaziland Business and Economic Advisory Panel under the auspices of the Global Leadership Foundation, London. Mr. Garrett graduated from the IMD Business School in Lausanne, Switzerland
Executive Director of the Company. Mr. Bison holds an MSc in Economics from the University of Geneva (Switzerland) and is a CFA Charter Holder. He began his professional career as an MIS Analyst at Chase Private Bank in Geneva where he subsequently managed discretionary multi-asset class and multi-currency portfolios. In 1998, E.I.M. S.A. recruited Mr. Bissonnier as Hedge Fund Portfolio Manager and Research Analyst. In 2003 he was appointed Chief Investment Officer for Europe and Asia and Head of Portfolio Management and Research. Mr. Bissonnier was President of EIM’s Executive Committee and Chairman of the Global Investment Committee. Mr. Bissonnier joined E.I.M. S.A. in November 1998 and joined Gottex with the completion of the merger of the two firms in 2014. He is currently Co-CIO, Alternative Solutions for the Gottex Group, member of the Executive Committee and a Director of Gottex Fund Management Holdings. He is a frequent speaker on alternative strategies, asset allocation and risk management at investment conferences worldwide
Senior Managing Director, CIO (FOHF). Dr. Ollie, a US citizen, joined Gottex in September 2003. From 1995 to 2003, Dr. Ollie worked for Putnam Investments, where he was a Managing Director. From 2002 to 2003, he managed the Product Design Team and worked with the equity and fixed income portfolio management teams to design and position products to meet client objectives for risk, return and style positioning. From 1998 to 2001, he was the Director of the Financial Engineering at Putnam, where his team drove the development of risk systems, portfolio construction tools, and derivatives analytics and infrastructure. From 1995 to 1998, he was the Director of Quantitative Research in Fixed Income. Dr. Ollie was a professor of finance and economics at the Amos Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College from 1983 – 1995. He has an MA and PhD in Finance and Economics from Washington University and a BA in Economics from Trinity College. Dr. Ollie has published a number of articles in academic and professional journals.