LGIMA Expands Index Team with Two U.K. Members

Drew Miyawaki and Aodhagan Byrne, both members of the U.K. operations of Legal & General Investment Management America Inc. (LGIMA), have joined the U.S. division.

Miyawaki, head of global equity trading, will oversee equities trading and be directly responsible for execution of all North American equities. He joined LGIMA’s U.K. unit, LGIM, in December 2011 from Knight Capital, where he was director of global program trading. Prior to that, he was the head of international trading at Liquidnet, where he helped build the electronic trade offering of the global crossing network. Miyawaki started his career in 2000, when he worked in a number of trading capacities in algorithmic and program trading at the U.S. broker/dealer Jefferies. Miyawaki holds a bachelor’s degree in behavioral science from Drew University.

Byrne, an index portfolio manager, will manage North American Index strategies at LGIMA.  He joined the LGIM Index Funds team in February 2012. Previously, he spent seven years as an index fund manager with Irish Life Investment Managers, managing equity and fixed-income funds. Prior to that role, Byrne worked for five years as a software engineer with Xilinx.

Miyawaki and Byrne will be based in Chicago and will report locally to Chad Rakvin, head of U.S. index funds for LGIMA, working alongside Shaun Murphy, director of index funds.

The U.K.-based LGIM provides index fund management services to clients in Europe and Asia, and has more than $483 billion of index funds under management as of June 30, 2014.