Roger Engemann & Associates, a subsidiary of Phoenix Investment Partners, has hired Gretchen Lash as chief investment officer, the company announced yesterday. She is expected to begin in her new position in mid-October.

Roger Engemann had been serving as the firm’s chief investment officer as well as CEO since founding the firmin 1969. Engemann will remain CEO of the firm, but wanted to hire a chief investment officer to prepare for a transition when he ultimately retires, which is a few years away, a spokeswoman said.

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