Robert Diedrich, CFA
Vice President & Lead Portfolio Manager - Insurance Advisory
Bob manages portfolios for Insurance Advisory clients and serves as the Lead Portfolio Manager of Advantus’ insurance asset management team. His responsibilities include developing investment strategies, selecting securities and sector allocations, buy/sell decisions, credit reviews and performance management. Bob brings a breadth of experience that benefits his clients and the investment team overall, including previous work in private placements and asset/liability and asset allocation analysis for insurance accounts. His experience in the nuclear power arena – in the U.S. Navy and private industry - has contributed to Advantus’ energy sector analysis, as well.
Bob is a CFA Charterholder and a member of the CFA Institute and CFA Society of Minnesota. Bob also serves on the investment committee of a Minnesota based foundation.
John Messing, CFA
Senior Relationship Manager
As Senior Relationship Manager John maintains relationships with clients from across the firm, including corporate and public pension funds, Taft-Hartley, sub-advisory and life and health companies. John works closely with external client management teams and investment committee members to communicate portfolio activity on behalf of Advantus. Prior to joining Advantus, John worked in the Financial Management division of Securian Financial Group, including roles in the Financial Reporting, Corporate Tax and Fund Pricing groups.
John is a CFA charterholder and a member of the CFA Institute and CFA Society of Minnesota. He has been active in the investment industry since 2000, when he joined Advantus.
Vice President & Director of Client Service
Director, Client Portfolio Management
Linda leads client service at Advantus and is involved in client portfolio management. She oversees the client service organization, client reporting and long-term success of client relationships. She also chairs the Advantus Investment Meeting, an educational conference for our clients, focused on investment themes and issues of the day. Linda has focused on fixed income investments throughout her career, having held positions in fixed income trading, portfolio management and client service.
Jane Wyatt, CFA
Vice President & Client Portfolio Manager
As Vice President and Client Portfolio Manager, Jane manages fixed income assets for the short duration strategy. She has over thirty years of experience in investment management and risk management.
Jane is a CFA Charterholder and a member of the Association of Investment Management and Research and the Twin Cities Society of Security Analysts. She was honored by Finance & Commerce as one of the Twin Cities Top Women in Finance in 2001. Jane currently serves on several non-profit boards and investment committees in the Twin Cities area.