Gartmore Global Investments has hired J. Chris Meyer as senior vice president of marketing, reporting to Wilson Santos, executive vice president of distribution.

Meyer is a 17-year veteran in the financial services industry and had most recently been a consultant for Gartmore on product development initiatives. In his new position, Meyer will focus on building a strong strategic marketing organization designed to support the company's aggressive distribution plans for mutual funds, separate accounts and alternative products. Gartmore has big distribution plans, according to Bill Santos, president of the firm.

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