Manager Returns to Janus to Lead Alternatives Expansion

Janus Capital Group Inc. announced that investment manager Dan Kozlowski, a former Janus portfolio manager, will return to the firm on June 13, 2011.

Kozlowski is returning to spearhead Janus’ alternatives product expansion and to succeed David Decker as manager of Janus Contrarian Fund, Janus said.

He was with Janus from 1999 until 2008, is the founder of Chicago-based Plaisance Capital LLC, a boutique alternatives investment firm. He will continue managing Plaisance’s hedge fund and he will play an integral role in managing absolute return and alternative investment products that will be developed for institutional investors. Veteran investor Hiroshi Yoh, who joined Janus’ Singapore office in April as manager of Asian equity strategies, will also contribute his expertise managing alternatives, according to a company. 

Decker has decided to leave the company on June 30, 2011, to establish an independent asset management firm. 

Janus also announced other portfolio management appointments, including:

  • Dan Riff, co-portfolio manager of Janus Fund and Janus Long/Short Fund and related separate accounts, will be dedicated to managing Janus Long/Short Fund upon Decker’s departure;
  • Barney Wilson, assistant director of research and portfolio manager of Janus Global Technology Fund, has been appointed co-portfolio manager of Janus Fund, replacing Dan Riff;
  • Brad Slingerlend, assistant portfolio manager and former co-portfolio manager of Janus Global Technology Fund, has been appointed portfolio manager of Janus Global Technology Fund, succeeding Wilson.