All-Cap Investment Committee

All-Cap Investment Committee

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Ralph Birchmeier, CFA
Director, Investments Group

  • Experience
    • Current Responsibilities
      • Analyst and Team Leader responsibilities on the Financial Institutions Team
      • Member of both the Small-Cap and All-Cap Investment Committees
    • Experience began in 1994
    • Joined Brandes Investment Partners in 1999
    • Limited partner of the firm’s parent company
    • Prior Career Highlights
      • Analyst on the Basic Materials Team with Brandes Investment Partners
      • Portfolio Analyst with First Quadrant L.P.
      • Certified Public Accountant with Arthur Andersen
  • Education and Skills
    • MBA with an emphasis in finance (with honors) from Columbia University
    • BS in accounting from Loyola Marymount University

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Charles H. Brandes, CFA
Founder and Chairman

  • Experience
    • Founded Brandes Investment Partners in 1974
    • Current Responsibilities
      • Shares responsibility for driving strategic decisions and monitoring implementation of the firm’s vision and objectives
      • Member of the All-Cap Investment Committee
      • Member of the Investment Oversight Committee, which monitors the processes and activities of the firm’s investment committees
      • Member of the Brandes Institute Advisory Board
    • Investment experience began in 1968
    • Other Activities
      • Former board member of several organizations involved in scientific, charitable and cultural work, including the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, where he also served as Chair of the Investment Committee
      • Author of “Brandes on Value: the Independent Investor,” published in 2014
      • Author of “Value Investing Today,” published in 2003
      • Frequent lecturer at graduate business schools, CFA Society meetings and industry conferences worldwide
  • Education and Awards
    • BA in economics from Bucknell University
    • Recipient of lifetime achievement awards from Bucknell University and the London Value Investor Conference

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Michael Hutchens, CFA
Director, Investments Group

  • Experience
    • Current Responsibilities
      • Analyst responsibilities on the Financial Institutions Research Team
      • Member of the Small-Mid Cap and All-Cap Investment Committees
    • Experience began in 1994
    • Joined Brandes Investment Partners in 2001
    • Limited partner of the firm’s parent company
    • Prior Career Highlights
      • Bank examiner with the Federal Reserve System
  • Education and Skills
    • MBA with a concentration in finance from Columbia Business School
    • BS in business with a concentration in finance from Indiana University


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Kenneth Little, CFA
Managing Director, Investments Group

  • Experience
    • Current Responsibilities
      • Managing Director, Investments Group, leading the firm’s overall research efforts and overseeing the product investment committees
      • Member of the All-Cap and Global Large-Cap Investment Committees
      • Analyst and Team Leader responsibilities on the Basic Materials and Utilities Research Teams
      • Member of the Senior Management Team, which is responsible for the firm's day-to-day operations and long-term strategic direction
      • Member of the Corporate Governance Committee
    • Experience began in 1996
    • Joined Brandes Investment Partners in 1996
    • Limited partner of the firm’s parent company
    • Prior Career Highlights
      • Senior Accountant with KPMG
  • Education and Skills
    • MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University
    • BS in accounting from the University of La Verne
    • Certified Public Accountant (inactive)

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Gerardo Zamorano, CFA
Director, Investments Group

  • Experience
    • Current Responsibilities
      • Analyst and Team Leader responsibilities on the Telecommunications Research Team
      • Member of the Emerging Markets and All-Cap Investment Committees
    • Experience began in 1995
    • Joined Brandes Investment Partners in 1999
    • Limited partner of the firm’s parent company
    • Prior Career Highlights
      • Assistant Investment Officer in the Latin America Department with the International Finance Corporation (part of the World Bank Group)
  • Education and Skills
    • MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management of Northwestern University
    • BSE (magna cum laude) from the Wharton School of Business of the University of Pennsylvania
    • Fluent in Spanish and Portuguese