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Setanta Employees

Kieran Dempsey – Managing Director & Chief Investment Officer

Kieran joined Setanta Asset Management in January 2008 and is the Managing Director and Chief Investment Officer. He has 30 years investment experience, and spent many years working internationally. Prior to Setanta Asset Management Kieran was Chief Executive Officer of GE Asset Management based in London, England and had a career of over 13 years with GE, including 7 years in Munich, Germany as Chief Investment Officer of GE Insurance Solutions. Prior to GE, Kieran worked at ABN Amro in London for 9 years in various investment roles, including 3 years as Head of Investments of Private Banking. Kieran holds a BA from University College Dublin. He is also a Director of Irish Life Investment Managers and is a board member of the Irish Assocationof InvesmentManagers (IAIM).

Kieran Dempsey – Managing Director & Chief Investment Officer

David Byrne

David Byrne, CFA joined Setanta in 2007 and has 11 years experience in the asset management industry. In addition to managing the Global Consumer Discretionary portfolio David also co-manages the European fund. He has a BA in Economics and Geography from University College Dublin and an MSc in Finance from Leeds Metropolitan University.

David Byrne

David Coyne

David Coyne joined Setanta in 2005 and has 17 years investment experience.  He began his career with AIB Investment Managers as a trainee fund manager, against the backdrop of the ‘TMT’ bubble in the late-90s.  This experience continues to serve him as a lasting reminder of why it never pays to invest with the crowd or to pay premium prices for hype – key tenets of value investing.  He has managed the Global Financials sector fund since joining the firm.  In addition, David co-manages the concentrated equity fund Global Focus and Setanta’s absolute return Long Haul Fund.  David has a primary degree in Maths / Economics from Trinity College, Dublin and an MSc in Investment and Treasury from Dublin City University.

David Coyne

Richard Doyle

Richard Doyle, CFA joined Setanta in 2008. He co-manages Setanta’s various income-oriented portfolios, including the Dividend Fund, Income Opportunities Fund and Reditus. Richard is also responsible for management of the Global Energy sector within the Global Equity Fund. He began his career in 2000 as a trainee fund manager at Scottish Investment Trust. Prior to joining Setanta, he worked at Bank of Ireland Asset Management as an equity manager and senior analyst. Richard has a B.A. in Economics from the University of Dublin, Trinity College and has been a CFA Charterholder since 2003.

Richard Doyle

Sean Kenzie

Sean Kenzie joined Setanta in 2010 and has 13 years experience in the asset management industry.  In addition to co-managing the German Equity fund Sean also has sector responsibility for the Global Industrial and Materials sectors.  He spent 11 years working in CHC Asset Management with the principal responsibility of running the CHC International Equity Fund. He has a BA Insurance and an MBA (Finance) from UCD Smurfit Business School.

Sean Kenzie

Louis Meagher

Louis Meagher, CFA, CAIA, joined Setanta in 2014 and has 19 years investment experience. Louis is responsible for the Global Consumer Staples sector and also co-manages the German Equity Fund. Prior to joining Setanta, Louis worked as an equity fund manager with Irish Life Investment Managers and before that as an equity research analyst with Goldman Sachs in London and Morgan Stanley in New York. Louis has a B.A. in Economics from University College Dublin and an M.Sc. in Investment & Treasury from Dublin City University. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst and a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst.

Louis Meagher

David Ryan

David Ryan, CFA, CAIA, FRM  joined Setanta in 2003. David is responsible for our Multi-Asset Fund range including the Managed Fund and UWP Funds. He has 19 years’ experience in the asset management industry, covering equity, bond and cash mandates. In addition he oversees our fixed income strategies, alternative asset classes and fixed income manager relationships. He has a BBS Hons. (Finance) from Dublin City University and has attained the Chartered Financial Analyst, Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst and certified Financial Risk Manager designations.

David Ryan

Rowan Smith

Rowan Smith joined Setanta in 1998 and has 16 years experience in the asset management industry.  Rowan is responsible for the Global Healthcare sector and has managed other global sector portfolios in the past.  Rowan co-manages the Global Focus Fund and EAFE Fund.  He gained his BA in Accounting from the National College of Ireland in 1998 and became an Associate of the Society of Investment Analysts in Ireland in 2001, having completed the organisation’s professional exams that year.

Rowan Smith

David Pastor

David Pastor, CFA joined Setanta Asset Management in 2007. He has 9years experience in the asset management industry, the last 6 on an analyst/fund manager capacity. He co-manages Setanta’s various income-oriented portfolios, including the Dividend Fund, Income Opportunities Fund and Reditus. David is also responsible for management of the Global Telecoms and Utilities sector within the Global Equity Fund. He has a BS in Business Administration from Universidad de Burgos and is a member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA). David is also a CFA charterholder.

David Pastor

Fergal Sarsfield

Fergal Sarsfield,CFA joined Setanta in 2007 and has 15 years experience in the asset management industry. Fergal is responsible for the Global Technology sector and in addition to co-managing the European Equity Fund he also co-manages the EAFE Equity Fund. He spent 5 years working in KBC Asset Management mainly as an Asian Equity analyst before joining Setanta Asset Management in 2007.   He has a BBS and is a CFA Charterholder.

Fergal Sarsfield

Conor Walshe

Conor Walshe joined Setanta in 2014 and has 17 years investment experience. In addition to responsibility for developing an Asian Equity Fund, Conor also co-manages the EAFE Equity Fund. He started his career as an equity analyst at Goodbody Stockbrokers before moving to Pioneer Investments to analyse and manage European Utilities. Prior to joining Setanta, he spent 7 years in Irish Life Investment Managers managing a number of global sector portfolios. He has a B Comm and MBS in Finance from University College Dublin.

Conor Walshe