Merrill Lynch Investment Managers has named Neal Howe managing director and head of consultant relationships for its U.S. and Canadian institutional business, the Merrill unit announced last week.

Howe will be responsible for establishing strategies focused on consulting firms to expand MLIM's penetration of those firms' client bases, according to the company. He will also be responsible for managing MLIM's communications with consulting firms' research departments, analysts, field consultants and clients. He will report directly to James Kase, head of MLIM's Americas Institutional Distribution.

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