Articles - BlackRock appoints Mark Wharrier to UK income team


 Mark Wharrier has joined the BlackRock UK Equity team as a Director and portfolio manager, with additional responsibility for company research.

 He will be working with Adam Avigdori and reporting to Luke Chappell, Co-Head of the BlackRock UK Equity Team.

 Mark will be co-fund manager of the BlackRock UK Income Fund and the BlackRock Income & Growth Investment Trust plc, alongside Adam Avigdori. Adam has co-managed the BlackRock UK Income Fund since 2009 which currently has assets under management of £503 million.

 Mark joins BlackRock from NewSmith Asset Management where he was a Fund Manager and founding member of the UK Equity team. Prior to joining NewSmith Asset Management in 2004, Mark was a Director in the UK Equity Team at Mercury Asset Management when in 1994 he joined the graduate training programme. The firm was subsequently acquired by Merrill Lynch, which became Merrill Lynch Investment Managers and then in 2006 the firm was acquired by BlackRock.

 Adam Avigdori, Co-Manager of the BlackRock UK Income Fund and the BlackRock Income and Growth Trust plc, said: "I worked with Mark at Mercury Asset Management for a number of years and am looking forward to working with him again. Mark's experience and expertise in UK equities will help us take advantage of investment opportunities to meet our clients' income needs."

 Mark earned a BA (Hons) in Economics, History and Management from the University of Durham in 1994. He holds the Investment Management Certificate and is a CFA UK member.

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