NETHERLANDS - Corporate bond house F&C Asset Management says it has hired three new analysts to its credit team, which operates out of London and Amsterdam – including Els van Muylder of SBA.

Van Muylder, 34, has joined the office in the Netherlands as a credit analyst, covering investment grade consumer non-cyclical credits. Prior to joining F&C, she worked for three years at SBA Artsenpensioenfondsen, a €10bn occupational scheme for doctors and consultants.

As an equity manager at SBA Artsenpensioenfondsen, Muylder focused on US and European large cap consumer staples, energy and utility. Her job - as part of a five-strong-team - had become redundant, because of a decision to outsourcing, she added.

Omar Saeed, 30, joins F&C next week from Standard & Poor’s Rating Services, where he has worked as a senior credit analyst, covering consumer sectors since 2001. At F&C he will work as a credit analyst, covering investment grade consumer cyclicals.

Alexandra Gropp, 28, is set to join F&C in London in September as an analyst of asset-backed securities. She worked for Stand & Poor’s as an associate in the structured financed ratings division in London and Stockholm since 2002.

“Credit is a key asset class for both our institutional and retail clients,” said F&C’s head of credit Patrick Hendrikx.

“Our credit performance is built on a combination of high quality individuals, resource and teamwork. These latest appointments further strengthen our credit platform, and are a clear sign of our ambitions for future organic growth in this area.”