EUROPE - Morley Fund Management (Morley) has lured Nick Alford from Dresdner RCM to become the group’s new European chief operating officer (COO).

Alford, who was COO and a member of the Dresdner RCM management team, will now report to John Hughes, interim global COO at Morley and Gerard Quirke, managing director, Europe, and will focus on strategy for Morley’s core operations in Europe.

Prior to joining Dresdner in 1998, he was operations director, European and offshore funds controller for INVESCO Europe.

Gerard Quirke, Managing Director, Europe at Morley Fund Management, comments: “We are delighted that Nick has been appointed as European COO. Operations is core to our business and we have made the decision to add significant strength to this area through this appointment. Nick’s considerable experience of operations in Europe will be a great asset to Morley and we look forward to welcoming him to the company.”