BirthStar® Target Date Fund Managers

BirthStar®: Meet the Managers

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David Hutchins, FIA


David Hutchins is a Senior Vice President and Head of AllianceBernstein’s Multi-Asset Pension Strategies business in the UK. He is responsible for the development and management of multi-asset portfolios for both defined benefit and defined contribution clients.

Hutchins joined the firm in 2008 after spending two years at UBS Investment Bank, where he was responsible for devising and delivering innovative capital markets risk-management solutions for pension schemes. Prior to that, he spent 13 years at Mercer, where he served as a European principal and scheme actuary, providing trustee and corporate advice to a range of UK pension funds and their sponsors.

Hutchins holds a BSc in mathematics and a PGCE from the University of Bristol. He chairs the Investment Management Association's Defined Contribution Committee and formerly chaired the defined contribution industry working group for the UK government; defined ambition; project. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries.

Karen Watkins, CFA


Karen Watkin is a Vice President who has served since 2011 as Portfolio Manager for the Pension Strategies Group. She is responsible for the investment design and management of AllianceBernstein’s multi-asset solutions for pension schemes in the UK and Europe. From 2008 to 2011,

Watkin was portfolio manager for the Index Strategies Group, overseeing the design and implementation of our index strategies for institutional clients in the UK and Europe. She joined the firm in 2003 as an associate portfolio manager and from 2006 to 2008, was manager of the Blend and Value Portfolio Management Group in London, responsible for the optimization, implementation and transition management of institutional client portfolios.

Watkin previously worked for three years as a management consultant in the Capital Markets Group at Accenture. She holds a BA in economics with European study from the University of Exeter and is a CFA charterholder.

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