After launching a boutique investment firm offering international growth and global growth equity products earlier this month, Chautauqua Capital Management announced Wednesday that it had hired John F. Lynch as it chief operating officer.

Lynch will immediately take over the day-to-day company operations, client relations, and business development. He will work with Brian Beitner, Chautauqua’s founding partner, to build investment management relationships with corporate pensions, public pensions, family offices, endowments, and foundations.

Boulder, Col.-based Chautauqua was formed earlier this year by a group of investment managers, some of whom had worked at Trust Company of the West. Principals include Beitner, Martha Avery, Michael Mow, CFA, and Amanda Prentiss.

Lynch started his investment management career in 1989 and came to Chautauqua from Franklin Templeton Investments, where he was an Institutional Portfolio Manager focused on global and non-U.S. equity strategies. His previous experience includes institutional investment and pension management positions with Merrill Lynch, Barclays Global Investors, and Scudder, Stevens & Clark, where he worked with Beitner.
 
The firm has been investing in international equity portfolios since 2006 when the original international equity portfolios were constructed and funded. Its strategy is to focus on small groups of holdings, usually 25 to 35, of leading global companies. The firm accepts retail or institutional accounts beginning at $25 million.