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Thursday, January 28, 2010

Ron Baron Ends His Hunt for a Distribution Head

Reported by Armie Margaret Lee

After a two-and-a-half month search, Baron Capital Group has found a new chief distribution officer. New York City-based Baron hired David Feldman, who used to run intermediary distribution at Columbia Management, sources told The MFWire.

Feldman fills the shoes vacated by Brian Jacobs, who left Baron last October after eight months on the job.

Prince Houston Group, the same search firm that helped Janus with its recent CEO hunt, assisted Baron with its search, according to one source.

Feldman could not be contacted for comment. Baron CEO Ron Baron could not immediately be reached for comment, as was Prince Houston's Marylin Prince.

Most recently, Feldman led intermediary distribution at Columbia, which he left last March. He left the firm months before Bank of America inked a deal to sell Columbia's long-term asset management business to Ameriprise.

Note: A day after this article was published, Baron issued the following press release on David Feldman's appointment:
Company Press Release

New York, NY, January 29, 2010 -- Baron Capital Group announced today that David M. Feldman will join the firm as the head of intermediary sales beginning in February. Mr. Feldman will have overall responsibility for mutual fund distribution through financial advisors.

"We are pleased to welcome David to Baron Capital Group," said Linda Martinson, president and chief operating officer of the firm. "His long history of achievement in mutual fund distribution and his understanding of our unique investment process and culture makes David an excellent addition to our firm."

Mr. Feldman commented: "Baron Capital is well-known for its exceptional portfolio managers, excellent research and successful investment strategy. I look forward to working with such an outstanding and respected investment team."

Mr. Feldman comes to Baron Capital Group with 23 years of experience in mutual fund and financial product distribution at Columbia Management Distributors and predecessor firms. Most recently, he was managing director, head of intermediary sales. He also served as channel manager of the financial institutions division and the financial advisor division.

Mr. Feldman earned a B.S. from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1986. He holds NASD Series 7, 24, 63 and 65 licenses.

About Baron Funds and Baron Capital Group Baron Funds include nine no-load mutual funds: Baron Asset Fund (BARAX, BARIX), Baron Growth Fund (BGRFX, BGRIX), Baron Small Cap Fund (BSCFX, BSFIX), Baron iOpportunity Fund (BIOPX, BIOIX), Baron Fifth Avenue Growth Fund (BFTHX, BFTIX), Baron Partners Fund (BPTRX, BPTIX), Baron Retirement Income Fund (BRIFX, BRRIX) Baron International Growth Fund (BIGFX, BINIX), and Baron Real Estate Fund . More information about Baron Funds is available by calling (800) 99-BARON or by visiting www.baronfunds.com. The adviser to Baron Funds is BAMCO, Inc., a subsidiary of Baron Capital Group, Inc.

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