Pilgrim Baxter & Associates has selected Mike Thompson to lead the marketing of its institutional services, the company said last week.

The firm is planning to ramp up its presence in the institutional market, said Brian Bereznak, the company's senior VP. Bereznak called Thompson "a perfect fit" for the effort.

Thompson, who will focus on marketing large pension, public, endowment and Taft-Hartley plans, previously worked as a partner at Attalus Capital, where he lead the development of that company's institutional business. Thompson had also worked for nine years as marketing director, also specializing in institutional accounts, at Turner Investment Partners.

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