Management

Vontobel's management team, together with the Board of Directors, develops the company's business strategy.

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Heinrich Schlegel

Chairman of the Board of Directors

“In 1988, I spearheaded the creation of Vontobel Asset Management’s distinct investment management culture in New York. The key to our growth over the years has been a clear focus on knowing our strengths and being consistent with our approach. But, without fail, acting in the best interest of our clients on the back of strong investment results has driven our past success.”


Mr. Schlegel joined Vontobel Asset Management, Inc., in July 1988 as President and CEO and became Chairman of its board of directors in July 2014. He served for several years as a director of Vontobel Funds Inc., as U.S.  S.E.C. registered investment company and as a director of Bank Vontobel (Cayman) Ltd. Mr. Schlegel started his career in finance in 1973 with Swiss Bank Corporation (now UBS AG) in global investment and wealth management as well as commercial banking in Zurich, New York, Montreal and the offshore financial center of the Bahamas. His career at Swiss Bank Corporation included a three year secondment to Libra Bank Ltd., London, a specialist in syndicated lending to Latin American public and private sector entities. In 1986 Mr. Schlegel joined Bank Vontobel AG as sister company of Vontobel Asset Management, Inc. as a portfolio manager in the private banking division. Mr. Schlegel earned a BA for the Swiss Mercantile College in Zurich.

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Dr. Philipp Hensler

Chief Executive Officer

“We provide true clarity on our investment process so our clients will have an accurate idea of what to expect from us in the future. If selected, our goal is to enhance the assets of our clients and help them achieve their investment objectives.”


Dr. Hensler joined Vontobel Asset Management, Inc., in March 2014. Prior to joining Vontobel, from 2010 to 2014, he was chief executive officer and chairman at OppenheimerFunds Distributors Inc., where he led their growth in institutional and international markets, overseeing client assets of approximately $230 billion. Prior to that from 2005 to 2010, Dr. Hensler was chief executive officer and chairman at DWS Investments, where he was responsible for their retail distribution in the U.S. When he was at DWS Investments, Switzerland, from 1998 to 2000, he began his tenure as head of distribution and became their country head and chief executive officer. At Coutts Bank, from 1994 to 1998, he was a lead fund manager. Dr. Hensler began his financial career in 1990 at Rothschild Bank as a senior client relationship manager, a role he continued in until 1994. He received a D.M. from Case Western University, an M.B.A. from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, and a degree in Business Administration from the Zurich School of Management. In addition Mr. Hensler holds the following FINRA License(s): Series 7, 24 and 63.

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Mr. Schlegel joined Vontobel Asset Management, Inc., in July 1988 as President and CEO and became Chairman of its board of directors in July 2014. He served for several years as a director of Vontobel Funds Inc., as U.S.  S.E.C. registered investment company and as a director of Bank Vontobel (Cayman) Ltd. Mr. Schlegel started his career in finance in 1973 with Swiss Bank Corporation (now UBS AG) in global investment and wealth management as well as commercial banking in Zurich, New York, Montreal and the offshore financial center of the Bahamas. His career at Swiss Bank Corporation included a three year secondment to Libra Bank Ltd., London, a specialist in syndicated lending to Latin American public and private sector entities. In 1986 Mr. Schlegel joined Bank Vontobel AG as sister company of Vontobel Asset Management, Inc. as a portfolio manager in the private banking division. Mr. Schlegel earned a BA for the Swiss Mercantile College in Zurich.

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Dr. Hensler joined Vontobel Asset Management, Inc., in March 2014. Prior to joining Vontobel, from 2010 to 2014, he was chief executive officer and chairman at OppenheimerFunds Distributors Inc., where he led their growth in institutional and international markets, overseeing client assets of approximately $230 billion. Prior to that from 2005 to 2010, Dr. Hensler was chief executive officer and chairman at DWS Investments, where he was responsible for their retail distribution in the U.S. When he was at DWS Investments, Switzerland, from 1998 to 2000, he began his tenure as head of distribution and became their country head and chief executive officer. At Coutts Bank, from 1994 to 1998, he was a lead fund manager. Dr. Hensler began his financial career in 1990 at Rothschild Bank as a senior client relationship manager, a role he continued in until 1994. He received a D.M. from Case Western University, an M.B.A. from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, and a degree in Business Administration from the Zurich School of Management. In addition Mr. Hensler holds the following FINRA License(s): Series 7, 24 and 63.

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Matthew Benkendorf

Chief Investment Officer

“People often ask what ‘high quality’ means to me. Beyond the usual financial metrics, we dig deeper to understand intimately the fundamentals of a company – what makes its business model sustainable and gives it enduring market power. So, our universe of high quality is what we believe is a well-defined group of companies, and, as a result, we fish in a much smaller pond than many other managers.”


Mr. Benkendorf joined Vontobel Asset Management, Inc., in October 1999 in trade support. After being promoted to trader in 2000, Mr. Benkendorf became a research analyst in 2002 and moved into portfolio management in 2006 as deputy portfolio manager of Vontobel’s European Equity Strategy. In 2008 Mr. Benkendorf continued to grow in his portfolio management role becoming lead portfolio manager of European Equity and deputy portfolio manager of Global Equity and in 2010 became deputy portfolio manager of the Vontobel U.S. Equity Strategy ultimately becoming lead portfolio manager in 2012. As a co-architect of Vontobel’s quality growth philosophy and style and proven success in managing Vontobel’s strategies he was named Chief Investment Officer in March 2016. Mr. Benkendorf received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) in finance from the University of Denver.

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Thomas Wittwer

Head of Marketing and Sales

"We believe that building a premier asset management firm requires the diligence to follow a process that aligns sound investment philosophy, strong investment skill and effective communication. Our commitment to this belief and our focus on putting clients first has allowed us to grow, while preserving our most important competitive advantage – long-term outperformance."


Mr. Wittwer joined Vontobel Asset Management, Inc., in July 1988. Mr Wittwer is responsible for planning, organizing, leading and controlling the marketing, sales and client service effort of the firm with the view of identifying opportunities and developing relationships with Institutional investors and investment consultants. As a member of the firm’s management team, Mr. Wittwer participates actively in formulating and implementing corporate and business strategy. From 1987 to 1988, Mr. Wittwer was a portfolio manager at Bank Vontobel, parent company of Vontobel Asset Management. Prior to that, he began his financial career in 1982 at Union Bank of Switzerland (now UBS AG) where he was a management trainee in their New York, Zurich, and Geneva locations until 1984. Mr. Wittwer received a Bachelor degree from Zurich University of Applied Sciences in Business Administration. In addition Mr. Wittwer holds the following FINRA License(s): Series 7, 24, 63 and 99.

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Mr. Benkendorf joined Vontobel Asset Management, Inc., in October 1999 in trade support. After being promoted to trader in 2000, Mr. Benkendorf became a research analyst in 2002 and moved into portfolio management in 2006 as deputy portfolio manager of Vontobel’s European Equity Strategy. In 2008 Mr. Benkendorf continued to grow in his portfolio management role becoming lead portfolio manager of European Equity and deputy portfolio manager of Global Equity and in 2010 became deputy portfolio manager of the Vontobel U.S. Equity Strategy ultimately becoming lead portfolio manager in 2012. As a co-architect of Vontobel’s quality growth philosophy and style and proven success in managing Vontobel’s strategies he was named Chief Investment Officer in March 2016. Mr. Benkendorf received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) in finance from the University of Denver.

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Mr. Wittwer joined Vontobel Asset Management, Inc., in July 1988. Mr Wittwer is responsible for planning, organizing, leading and controlling the marketing, sales and client service effort of the firm with the view of identifying opportunities and developing relationships with Institutional investors and investment consultants. As a member of the firm’s management team, Mr. Wittwer participates actively in formulating and implementing corporate and business strategy. From 1987 to 1988, Mr. Wittwer was a portfolio manager at Bank Vontobel, parent company of Vontobel Asset Management. Prior to that, he began his financial career in 1982 at Union Bank of Switzerland (now UBS AG) where he was a management trainee in their New York, Zurich, and Geneva locations until 1984. Mr. Wittwer received a Bachelor degree from Zurich University of Applied Sciences in Business Administration. In addition Mr. Wittwer holds the following FINRA License(s): Series 7, 24, 63 and 99.

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Charles Falck

Chief Operating Officer

"We seek to provide an infrastructure that matches the sophistication and excellence of our investment products and enables our clients to enjoy what we expect to be strong results. In doing so, we work with our clients, custodians, brokers and other vendors to source the right services and products while adequately balancing risks and rewards.”


Mr. Falck joined Vontobel Asset Management, Inc., in May 2010. Mr. Falck is responsible for managing the infrastructure and operations of the firm and its broker/dealer and Hong Kong subsidiaries. Prior to joining Vontobel, Mr. Falck was a founding partner at Esae Capital Partners, LLC. He began his career in finance in Switzerland in 1997 and in 2000 moved to Goldman Sachs first in London and then in New York. At Goldman he was part of the Equities Division where he had the role of CFO of the Longevity Markets desk. Prior to that he spent 6 years in the Credit Risk and Advisory department covering the insurance and broker/dealer sectors. Mr. Falck received an M.B.A. from the NYU Stern School of Business and, a Bachelor of Science in economics and business from the University of Zurich. Mr. Falck holds FINRA Licenses: Series 7, 27, 63, 79 and 99 and Hong Kong SFC licenses 1 and 6.

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Marc Cozzolino

General Counsel

“With a keen understanding of the legal and regulatory environment in which the firm operates, we provide our clients with the reassurance that their assets are invested according to their objectives. Moreover, our dedication to our clients and to our investment philosophy is infused into the very fabric of the firm and is exemplified by every employee.”


Mr. Cozzolino joined Vontobel Asset Management, Inc., in January 2014. As the firm’s first General Counsel, Mr. Cozzolino is responsible for all legal and compliance matters at the firm. Prior to joining Vontobel, from 2002 to 2013, Mr. Cozzolino was an executive director and senior counsel at Morgan Stanley Investment Management. He was a senior associate at Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP from 2001 to 2002, and a vice president, legal at Merrill Lynch Investment Managers from 2000 to 2001. From 1997 to 2000, he was an assistant general counsel at The Prudential Insurance Company of America, and from 1994 to 1997, counsel and secretary at The Reserve Funds.  Mr. Cozzolino began his career in the financial industry in 1993 as a regulatory officer at the New Jersey Bureau of Securities. He received his J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law and his B.A. with honors in government from The College of William and Mary.

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Mr. Falck joined Vontobel Asset Management, Inc., in May 2010. Mr. Falck is responsible for managing the infrastructure and operations of the firm and its broker/dealer and Hong Kong subsidiaries. Prior to joining Vontobel, Mr. Falck was a founding partner at Esae Capital Partners, LLC. He began his career in finance in Switzerland in 1997 and in 2000 moved to Goldman Sachs first in London and then in New York. At Goldman he was part of the Equities Division where he had the role of CFO of the Longevity Markets desk. Prior to that he spent 6 years in the Credit Risk and Advisory department covering the insurance and broker/dealer sectors. Mr. Falck received an M.B.A. from the NYU Stern School of Business and, a Bachelor of Science in economics and business from the University of Zurich. Mr. Falck holds FINRA Licenses: Series 7, 27, 63, 79 and 99 and Hong Kong SFC licenses 1 and 6.

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Mr. Cozzolino joined Vontobel Asset Management, Inc., in January 2014. As the firm’s first General Counsel, Mr. Cozzolino is responsible for all legal and compliance matters at the firm. Prior to joining Vontobel, from 2002 to 2013, Mr. Cozzolino was an executive director and senior counsel at Morgan Stanley Investment Management. He was a senior associate at Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP from 2001 to 2002, and a vice president, legal at Merrill Lynch Investment Managers from 2000 to 2001. From 1997 to 2000, he was an assistant general counsel at The Prudential Insurance Company of America, and from 1994 to 1997, counsel and secretary at The Reserve Funds.  Mr. Cozzolino began his career in the financial industry in 1993 as a regulatory officer at the New Jersey Bureau of Securities. He received his J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law and his B.A. with honors in government from The College of William and Mary.

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Joseph Mastoloni

Chief Compliance Officer

“By working closely with each client to identify appropriate investment guidelines, we make every effort to provide full transparency throughout the client relationship.”


Mr. Mastoloni joined Vontobel Asset Management, Inc., in May 1994. Mr. Mastoloni is responsible for proactively identifying, evaluating, mitigating and reporting on compliance, regulatory and reputational risks across the firm. Additionally, from 2001 to 2003, he served as a director of Vontobel Funds, Inc. Prior to joining Vontobel, from 1990 to 1994, he was at Yamaichi Capital Management as assistant vice president of the trading desk and back office operations. Prior to that, he was an account coordinator at AIG Global Investors, from 1989 to 1990. Mr. Mastoloni began his financial career in 1987 at Chase Manhattan Bank NA, where he worked as an account service manager until 1989. He received a B.A. in economics from Syracuse University.

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Mr. Mastoloni joined Vontobel Asset Management, Inc., in May 1994. Mr. Mastoloni is responsible for proactively identifying, evaluating, mitigating and reporting on compliance, regulatory and reputational risks across the firm. Additionally, from 2001 to 2003, he served as a director of Vontobel Funds, Inc. Prior to joining Vontobel, from 1990 to 1994, he was at Yamaichi Capital Management as assistant vice president of the trading desk and back office operations. Prior to that, he was an account coordinator at AIG Global Investors, from 1989 to 1990. Mr. Mastoloni began his financial career in 1987 at Chase Manhattan Bank NA, where he worked as an account service manager until 1989. He received a B.A. in economics from Syracuse University.

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