Philip Duff

Founder, Robson Ventures; fmr. CFO, Morgan Stanley

Phil Duff launched Robson Ventures in January 2007. Robson Ventures is a new enterprise that is creating a platform to provide new business propositions across asset management, liability solutions and retirement schemes--the next generation investment management company. Robson Ventures will provide institutional clients integrated portfolio solutions to fund and manage liabilities. Phil was co-Founder, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of FrontPoint Partners LLC. FrontPoint Partners was founded in 2000 and was sold to Morgan Stanley in December 2006. FrontPoint Partners is an integrated investment management firm currently managing over $7 billion in client assets in single manager and multi-strategy vehicles offering an institutional-quality platform for incorporating non-correlated investment strategies into large asset portfolios. Prior to FrontPoint, Phil was formerly Chief Operating Officer and Senior Managing Director of Tiger Management, where he served as a member of Tiger's Management Committee and Advisory Board. Prior to joining Tiger, Phil worked for much of his career at Morgan Stanley. Phil was the Chief Financial Officer of Morgan Stanley and served on the firm's Management Committee. Phil served as President and CEO of Van Kampen American Capital, a $70 billion mutual fund company which was acquired by Morgan Stanley, and had previously headed Morgan Stanley's Financial Institutions Group in Investment Banking. Phil began his career as a grain trader for Louis Dreyfus Corporation. Duff's ideas came from a speech he gave at the Argyle Executive Forum 2007 Hedge Fund Leadership Forum (5/24/07).