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Management Team

Rajiv Jain

Rajiv Jain

Chief Investment Officer

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Rajiv Jain

Rajiv Jain

Chief Investment Officer, Executive Chairman and Executive Director

Rajiv is the Chairman and Chief Investment Officer of GQG Partners and also serves as a portfolio manager for all of the firm’s strategies. He commenced investment operations at GQG Partners in June 2016 and has over 25 years of investment experience. Previously, Rajiv served as a Co-Chief Executive Officer (from July 2014) and Chief Investment Officer and Head of Equities (from February 2002) at Vontobel Asset Management. He was the sole portfolio manager of the International Equities strategy (since 2002) and Emerging Markets Equities strategy (since 1997), and the lead portfolio manager for the Global Equities strategy (since 2002). Rajiv helped build the business from less than US$400 million under management to just under US$50 billion in 2016. He joined Vontobel Asset Management as a co-portfolio manager of Emerging Markets Equities and International Equities in November 1994. Prior to that, he was an International Equity Analyst at Swiss Bank Corporation. Rajiv earned an MBA in Finance and International Business from the University of Miami. He also has a master’s degree from the University of Ajmer and an undergraduate degree in accounting with honors.

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Tim Carver

Tim Carver

Chief Executive Officer

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Tim Carver

Tim Carver

Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director

Tim is responsible for firm leadership and management of the firm’s business functions. Prior to joining GQG, Tim co-founded Northern Lights Capital Group (now Pacific Current Group, listed on the ASX), and was central to building that business, eventually serving as a board member and CEO. While at Northern Lights, Tim oversaw 20 asset management investments and served on several boutique investment firm boards, including Aperio Group, ROC Partners, and Goodhart Partners. Prior to co-founding Northern Lights, Tim was a co-founder of Orca Bay Partners, a private equity firm where he developed a practice area focused on capitalising boutique investment firms. While there, he led investments in a variety of firms including Parametric Portfolio Associates and Envestnet. Tim began his career at Morgan Stanley in their New York analyst program. Tim graduated with honours from Harvard College.

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Melodie Zakaluk

Melodie Zakaluk

Chief Financial Officer

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Melodie Zakaluk

Melodie Zakaluk

Chief Financial Officer

As Chief Financial Officer, Melodie is responsible for managing the firm’s finance functions. She also oversees related components of the firm’s infrastructure. Prior to joining GQG, Melodie served as Chief Operating Officer at Rainier Investment Management where she provided daily and strategic management of the firm’s advisory and mutual fund platforms. She was also a member of Rainier’s corporate board and management trustee for the Rainier Funds’ board. Melodie has over 30 years of experience in the financial services industry, including her tenure at Russell Investments where she held the role of Managing Director, focusing on leading the daily operations, compliance monitoring, distributor servicing and information management for internal and external customers. Melodie earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Boston College, and she holds the CPA designation, as well as the series 7, 24, 27 and 63 licenses.

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Charles Falck

Charles Falck

Chief Operating Officer

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Charles Falck

Charles Falck

Chief Operating Officer

Charles is Chief Operating Officer responsible for managing the firm’s global operational infrastructure. Prior to joining GQG in 2021, Charles served as Global Chief Operating Officer for Vontobel Asset Management where he led the global infrastructure overseeing investment services, product management, risk, legal, and business analytics. Charles has over 20 years of investment management experience and has held senior roles at ESAE Capital Partners and Goldman Sachs. Charles earned a BA in Business, Economics and Law from the University of Zurich and an MBA from New York University.

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Gary Bachman

Gary J. Bachman

Managing Director, Strategic Initiatives

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Gary Bachman

Gary J. Bachman

Managing Director, Strategic Initiatives

Gary joined GQG in January of 2021. As Managing Director, Strategic Initiatives, Gary provides oversight of GQG’s key strategic initiatives. Prior to joining GQG, Gary was the Chief Operating Officer of Pzena Investment Management from July 2016 to March 2020. He previously served as Pzena’s Chief Financial Officer from September 2012 through July 2016. Prior to joining Pzena Investment Management, Gary served in senior finance and accounting roles at JP Morgan Chase, Lehman Brothers, and Goldman Sachs. Gary received his B.S. from Binghamton University in 1990 and an M.B.A. from Fordham University in 1997. Gary is a Certified Public Accountant and a member of the Financial Accounting Standards Board Small Business Advisory Committee.

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Sal DiGangi

Sal DiGangi

Global Chief Compliance Officer

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Sal DiGangi

Sal DiGangi

Global Chief Compliance Officer

Sal oversees GQG Partners’ global compliance program. He began his career in compliance at J. & W. Seligman & Co. Inc. in 1996. Sal has extensive experience in global regulatory compliance and has held various senior compliance roles at Salomon Brothers Asset Management and Voya Investment Management (ING), where he worked for 13 years. He joins GQG Partners from UBS O’Connor LLC, where he was Chief Compliance Officer and was responsible for leading the global compliance program for a multi-strategy hedge fund manager with offices in New York, London, Hong Kong and Singapore. Sal received his Associates of Arts degree from the State University of New York at Delhi.

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Bobby Sokolich

Bobby Sokolich

Chief Technology Officer

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Bobby Sokolich

Bobby Sokolich

Chief Technology Officer

Bobby is Chief Technology Officer and leads the firm’s technology team. Prior to joining GQG Partners, Bobby served as a Vice President at AQR Capital Management where he was responsible for architecting secure and scalable technology solutions. Bobby has over 20 years of IT infrastructure and security experience with the majority in financial services where he has held senior positions at SAC Capital Advisors, Jamison Capital, and Hedgeserv. Bobby earned a BA in Psychology from SUNY, Oneonta, and a MS in Education from Queens College.

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Rick Sherley

Rick Sherley

General Counsel and Corporate Secretary

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Rick Sherley

Rick Sherley

General Counsel and Corporate Secretary

Rick Sherley is General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for GQG. Prior to joining GQG, Rick represented investment managers and funds in their formation, operation, and regulation — including GQG — through his own law practice, Compass Integrated Counsel, PLLC. Prior to that, he served as General Counsel and Secretary at Rainier Investment Management, Counsel at Dechert LLP, and Assistant General Counsel at Bank of America Corporation. He began his career as an associate at Seward & Kissel LLP. Rick earned his JD with high honours from Duke University School of Law and his BA Summa Cum Laude from the University of Pennsylvania.

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Steve Ford

Steve Ford

Managing Director, Head of Global Distribution

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Steve Ford

Steve Ford

Managing Director, Head of Global Distribution

Steve leads the firm’s global distribution effort. Prior to joining GQG Partners, Steve was a Managing Director at Pacific Current Group. In this role, he worked with the founders of GQG Partners to develop and implement the firm’s institutional business development strategy. Steve has over 20 years of industry experience, including positions at Northern Lights Capital Group, Rydex Investments, and Strong Investments. Steve graduated from Westminster College, is a CAIA charterholder, and holds Series 7, 24 and 63 licenses.

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Mark Barker

Mark Barker

Managing Director, Head of International

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Mark Barker

Mark Barker

Managing Director, Head of International

Mark leads the firm’s international business development efforts. Prior to joining GQG, Mark was Managing Director and Chief Investment Officer at Strategic Capital Investors, a boutique investment company he founded, focused on providing acceleration capital to early stage asset managers. Mark has over 33 years’ experience in the asset management industry, including Chief Investment Officer and Co-Chief Investment Officer experience at Hermes BPK Partners and Pioneer Alternative Investments. Mark also served as Director of Momentum Asset Management, where he was responsible for portfolio management, asset allocation and business development.

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EJ Blanchfield

EJ Blanchfield

Managing Director, Head of Human Capital

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EJ Blanchfield

EJ Blanchfield

Managing Director, Head of Human Capital

EJ is the Managing Director and Head of Human Capital for GQG Partners where she is passionate about supporting the firm’s greatest assets, its people. Overseeing the full employment lifecycle from recruiting, development, careers, compensation, to HR, EJ is focused on the strategies and programs to strengthen company culture and employee engagement through GQG’s continuous growth. EJ brings a wealth of experience in leading positive organizational change including expertise in human resources, organizational design, program management, DEI and ESG initiatives, change management and management consulting. Prior to joining GQG, she spent nearly 21 years with Point B, Inc, a nationally recognized management consulting firm as a Best Places to Work, serving in roles progressing from Firmwide Recruiting Director, Compensation Director, DEI Director, to Chief People Officer and Chief Operations Officer. Previous to Point B, EJ was a Manager for Accenture in the supply chain practice.

EJ earned her BA in International Studies from the University of Washington and she is fluent in Korean. Her written work has been published in the Society for Human Resource Management and Consulting Magazine and she has been a panelist and speaker on several DEI panels and committees.

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