Kevin A. Rowell is the newly knighted president of Safeco Mutual Funds, a job he assumed this past September. With nearly $3.3 billion in assets under management across its 19-fund lineup, the SAFECO funds are managed by Safeco Asset Management Co., a division of Safeco Life & Investments, which is itself a unit of Safeco Corp., the Redmond, Wash.-based insurance company.

Rowell joined Safeco from Alliance Capital Management in New York, where he most recently served as the head of broker/dealer global relationships. Rowell recently spoke with Mutual Fund Market News Editor-at-Large Lori Pizzani about his firm's initiatives for the new year and beyond.

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