Robert Sharpe joined Heartland Advisors in the role of co-portfolio manager of the International Value Fund (HINVX), which invests in smaller equity dividend-payers in developed and emerging markets.

Sharpe will co-manage the fund with Bill Nasgovitz, Heartland’s founder and CIO. Previously, Sharpe managed the international equities portfolio at the State Teachers Retirement System of Ohio, a position he held since 2000. There he was also the director of the International Equities Department.

Sharpe joins the international value team at Heartland which also includes research analyst Michael Jolin.

“Bob Sharpe is a veteran value investor who shares our disciplined investment philosophy. We are pleased such an experienced leader has come onboard to help manage the Heartland International Value Fund,” Nasgovitz said in a release.

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