Investment Research Team

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The core Investment Research Team is made up of a group of talented individuals. These individuals include Rob Spanjaard, our CIO.

Team Member Qualifications Years in Team Responsibility Total Years of Investment Experience More Info

Rob Spanjaard

B.Com, CTA 21 Chief Investment Officer 32 Rob is the CEO and Chief Investment Officer of Rezco Asset Management, a position that he has held since 2004. Since then, Rezco has achieved a market-leading investment track record and won seven best fund awards in major categories.
Rob graduated from UCT with a B.Com and CTA , and won the national Financial Mail reader stock picking competition as a student before passing the Chartered Accountants Board Exam. He then worked as a portfolio manager for Momentum Life. Rob left to co-lead a private equity deal that involved purchasing the assets of a bankrupt company. As CEO, Rob grew the turnover and profits by a compound 25% per annum for 15 years. When Rob and his consortium exited in 2005, Sovereign Foods was the most profitable South African company in its industry.
Rob’s lifelong fascination with markets and investing has refined investing principles that he has infused into the Rezco team, to create a culture of innovative investment thinking.

Simon Sylvester

B.Bus Science (Hons), CFA, CIPM 6 Head of Research & Co-Portfolio Manager 12 Simon worked previously in roles at Deutsche Bank (London), Cogito Capital and Discovery Invest. Simon qualified from UKZN with a B.Bus Sci (Finance Honours), and holds the CFA and CIPM designations.
Simon, as Head of Research, has a keen interest in how to incorporate new technologies with behavioural finance and traditional investing to build a highly focused, alpha generating research capacity at Rezco. As Co-Portfolio Manager, Simon works closely with Rob in order to generate exceptional risk-adjusted returns for Rezco’s clients. Simon has filled these roles at Rezco since the end of 2017.

John Williams

M.Eng (Cambridge), MBA (London) 2 Resources Portfolio Manager 12 John spent 5 years as Group Head of Commodities Research at Anglo American in London and Johannesburg. He spent six years at McKinsey in London and Johannesburg prior to moving to Anglo American. John has a both an Undergraduate and Masters Engineering Degree from Cambridge University, where he graduated top of his class on both occasions. He followed this up with an MBA from London Business School.