Hugh Cutler is to join US asset management conglomerate Affiliated Managers Group (AMG) in the New Year.

Cutler is managing director at hedge fund firm Och-Ziff Capital Management, where he has overseen business strategy in Europe since 2014.

Prior to joining Och-Ziff, Cutler was head of distribution at Legal & General Investment Management.

He has also led the Global Strategic Solutions group at Barclays Global Investors and was a consultant at Railpen and Towers Perrin (now Willis Towers Watson).

Cutler said he was “extremely enthusiastic” about the new role, which he will take up from 1 March 2017.

He added: “With AMG’s reputation as the partner of choice to many of the world’s best active equity and alternative managers, there is a large and expanding opportunity to build increasingly strong and multi-faceted client relationships on a global basis.”

Sean Healey, chairman and chief executive at AMG, said: “Given Hugh’s experience in leading multi-region distribution efforts for global asset managers across the full spectrum of asset classes and investment disciplines, and track record of developing and managing highly effective sales teams across multiple geographies and channels, we look forward to his contributions to the continued long-term success of our global distribution franchise, including through the development of potential new strategic avenues and regions of coverage.”

AMG takes stakes in – and provides services such as distribution to – boutique asset managers in a number of countries.

Among its affiliate firms are AQR Capital Management, Artemis Investment Management, Pantheon and Veritas Asset Management.