International Equity

Strategy Focus (as of 6/30/2017)

Our International Equity Strategy is a concentrated portfolio of our best ideas across developed and emerging markets outside of the U.S. It is invested in at least five sectors at all times and can have a maximum 20% absolute overweight relative to the MSCI All Country World Index ex USA.

Portfolio Management

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Matthew Benkendorf

Chief Investment Officer

20 years of investment experience
18 years with Vontobel


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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Donny Kranson, CFA

Deputy Portfolio Manager

18 years of investment experience
10 years with Vontobel


Mr. Kranson joined Vontobel Asset Management, Inc., in July 2007 as a senior research analyst covering stocks globally. Although he is responsible for analyzing various sectors, he is largely focused on Consumer Staples, a core sector for all of Vontobel’s Quality Growth strategies. In 2013, Mr. Kranson was promoted to deputy portfolio manager of the Vontobel European Equity Strategy, and in 2016, Mr. Kranson became lead portfolio manager for the strategy while also becoming deputy portfolio manager of the firm’s International Equity Strategy. In addition to his portfolio management duties, Mr. Kranson continues to conduct research analysis on individual stocks which may be included in the firm’s other strategies. This is consistent with the investment team structure at Vontobel. Mr. Kranson began his investment career in 1999 on the sell side, at Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. where he analyzed companies based in the U.S. and Europe in the technology space and later in the healthcare industry. In 2006, he switched to the buy side, working at Scout Capital Management, where he evaluated both Health Care and Consumer companies in both developed and emerging markets. Mr. Kranson received a B.S. in operations research from Columbia University.  Daniel Kranson is a CFA® charterholder.

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David Souccar

Deputy Portfolio Manager

21 years of investment experience
10 years with Vontobel


Mr. Souccar joined Vontobel Asset Management, Inc., in April 2007 as senior research analyst and was promoted to deputy portfolio manager on the firm’s International Equity Strategy in June 2016. In addition to Mr. Souccar’s portfolio management responsibilities he maintains his research responsibilities focusing on the energy, industrials and utilities sectors. Prior to joining Vontobel, from 2005 to 2007, he was a senior investment analyst at Federated Investors. From 1998 to 2005, Mr. Souccar worked as a sell-side analyst at Morgan Stanley. He began his financial career in 1996 at McKinsey & Co. where he worked as a consultant until 1998. Mr. Souccar received an M.B.A. in finance and management from NYU Stern School of Business and a B.S. in chemical engineering from Escola de Engenharia Maua.   

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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. Kranson joined Vontobel Asset Management, Inc., in July 2007 as a senior research analyst covering stocks globally. Although he is responsible for analyzing various sectors, he is largely focused on Consumer Staples, a core sector for all of Vontobel’s Quality Growth strategies. In 2013, Mr. Kranson was promoted to deputy portfolio manager of the Vontobel European Equity Strategy, and in 2016, Mr. Kranson became lead portfolio manager for the strategy while also becoming deputy portfolio manager of the firm’s International Equity Strategy. In addition to his portfolio management duties, Mr. Kranson continues to conduct research analysis on individual stocks which may be included in the firm’s other strategies. This is consistent with the investment team structure at Vontobel. Mr. Kranson began his investment career in 1999 on the sell side, at Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. where he analyzed companies based in the U.S. and Europe in the technology space and later in the healthcare industry. In 2006, he switched to the buy side, working at Scout Capital Management, where he evaluated both Health Care and Consumer companies in both developed and emerging markets. Mr. Kranson received a B.S. in operations research from Columbia University.  Daniel Kranson is a CFA® charterholder.

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Mr. Souccar joined Vontobel Asset Management, Inc., in April 2007 as senior research analyst and was promoted to deputy portfolio manager on the firm’s International Equity Strategy in June 2016. In addition to Mr. Souccar’s portfolio management responsibilities he maintains his research responsibilities focusing on the energy, industrials and utilities sectors. Prior to joining Vontobel, from 2005 to 2007, he was a senior investment analyst at Federated Investors. From 1998 to 2005, Mr. Souccar worked as a sell-side analyst at Morgan Stanley. He began his financial career in 1996 at McKinsey & Co. where he worked as a consultant until 1998. Mr. Souccar received an M.B.A. in finance and management from NYU Stern School of Business and a B.S. in chemical engineering from Escola de Engenharia Maua.   

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