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Vanguard bond chief to step down in 2014

November 04, 2013

Robert F. Auwaerter, principal and head of the Vanguard Fixed Income Group, today announced his intention to retire after 32 years with the firm.

Robert F. AuwaerterMr. Auwaerter joined Vanguard in 1981 when the company brought in house the investment management of its money market and municipal bond funds. These funds, which then had total assets of approximately $1.3 billion, had been managed by external advisory firms.

Today, the Vanguard Fixed Income Group is one of the largest fixed income managers in the world, managing nearly $750 billion invested in 70 taxable and tax-exempt bond, taxable and tax-exempt money market, and stable value funds. The group oversees about $450 billion in actively managed funds and approximately $300 billion in bond index and exchange-traded funds.

"Bob has been the backbone of our fixed income group for more than three decades. He helped to start our fixed income management function and was instrumental in building it into the world-class operation that it is today," said Vanguard CEO Bill McNabb. "Bob's record as a portfolio manager is outstanding, and we are deeply indebted to him for his dedication and service to our clients over a long and successful career."

Mr. Auwaerter, who plans to step down in March 2014, is responsible for the portfolio management, strategy, credit research, trading, and planning functions for the Fixed Income Group, which comprises 120 investment professionals and support staff. For many years, he served as the portfolio manager of several of Vanguard's largest bond funds, including the $46.0 billion Vanguard Short-Term Investment-Grade Fund and the $16.6 billion Vanguard Intermediate-Term Investment-Grade Fund.

"Bob's record as a portfolio manager is outstanding, and we are deeply indebted to him for his dedication and service to our clients over a long and successful career."

– Bill McNabb,
Vanguard CEO

Gregory Davis, CFA, will assume the position of head of the Vanguard Fixed Income Group. Mr. Davis currently serves as chief investment officer of the Asia Pacific region and is a director of Vanguard Investments Australia. He is primarily focused on Vanguard's investment management strategy and implementation, the continued development and refinement of Vanguard's investment processes, and an expanding range of new products and tailored investment solutions for Australian and international clients.

Greg DavisMr. Davis joined Vanguard in November 1999 and, prior to his current position, served as head of bond indexing and as a senior portfolio manager in the Fixed Income Group. Mr. Davis and his team then managed more than $200 billion in bond index fund portfolios.

"Greg brings experience, skill, and strong leadership competencies to his new position," said Vanguard Chief Investment Officer Tim Buckley. "And Greg, of course, will also benefit from our deep team of investment managers and analysts, our well-established investment process, and funds with clear investment objectives and risk parameters."

Mr. Davis is a member of the CFA Society of Philadelphia and has nearly 15 years of investment management experience. Before joining Vanguard, he worked at Merrill Lynch as an associate in global debt markets. Mr. Davis earned a B.S. in insurance from Pennsylvania State University and an M.B.A. in finance from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Mr. Auwaerter began his career in 1978 at Continental Illinois National Bank and Trust Company and has more than 35 years of fixed income management experience. He serves on the Fixed Income Forum Advisory Board and the Credit Roundtable Advisory Board, both of which represent the interests of large buy-side fixed income investors. He has testified before Congress on fixed income market and trading issues, and he is frequently quoted in the financial press about fixed income funds and markets. In 2012, the Fixed Income Analysts Society elected Mr. Auwaerter to its Hall of Fame.



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