Emerging Markets Leaders Fund

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Jeff Urbina, CFA

Portfolio Manager for the William Blair International Growth, International Small Cap Growth, and Emerging Markets strategies. Jeff is also a member of the firm’s executive committee. Previously, he was a Senior Vice President and Portfolio Manager of the Van Kampen American Capital Navigator Fund, an emerging market equity fund listed on the Luxembourg exchange. While at Van Kampen, he also served as the Director of Research and was a member of the Investment Policy Committee for the firm. Prior to joining Van Kampen in 1991, Jeff spent almost 15 years in the commercial banking business with Citibank where he was a Vice President and Senior Relationship Manager in the bank’s real estate group, and with Harris Bank in Chicago where he was an International Banking Officer. He is a member of the CFA Institute and the CFA Society of Chicago. 

Education: B.A., Northwestern University; M.M., Northwestern University Kellogg Graduate School of Management

Tenure with William Blair: Since 1996

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Todd McClone, CFA

Portfolio Manager for the Emerging Markets strategies. Prior to joining William Blair in 2000, Todd was a senior research analyst specializing in international equity for Strong Capital Management. Previously, he was a Corporate Finance Research Analyst with Piper Jaffray. At Piper Jaffray, he worked with the corporate banking financials team on a variety of transactions including initial public offerings, mergers and acquisitions and subordinated debt offerings as well as issued fairness opinions and conducted private company valuations. 

Education: B.B.A and B.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison

Tenure with William Blair: Since 2000

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Jack Murphy, CFA

Portfolio Manager for the Emerging Markets Leaders and International Developed Plus strategies. Jack was previously the Director of Research for the Global Equity team and a Research Analyst covering mid-large cap non-U.S. Consumer stocks. He joined the firm in 2005 as a Research Analyst within William Blair’s sell-side research department focusing on e-commerce and hardline retailers. Previously, Jack worked at Credit Suisse First Boston for nearly six years as an equity research analyst, covering a broad range of retail companies. Before CSFB, he worked as an equity research analyst at Lehman Brothers and as an equity research associate at Salomon Brothers. Prior to sell-side research, he worked as a financial analyst for General Electric Capital, having graduated from GE’s Financial Management Program.

Education: B.A., Economics, magna cum laude, Villanova University.

Tenure with William Blair: Since 2005