Small-Cap Investment Committee

Small-Cap Investment Committee

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Ralph Birchmeier, CFA
Director, Investments Group

  • Experience
    • Current Responsibilities
      • Analyst and Team Leader responsibilities on the Financial Institutions Team
      • Member of both the Small-Cap and All-Cap Investment Committees
    • Experience began in 1994
    • Joined Brandes Investment Partners in 1999
    • Limited partner of the firm’s parent company
    • Prior Career Highlights
      • Analyst on the Basic Materials Team with Brandes Investment Partners
      • Portfolio Analyst with First Quadrant L.P.
      • Certified Public Accountant with Arthur Andersen
  • Education and Skills
    • MBA with an emphasis in finance (with honors) from Columbia University
    • BS in accounting from Loyola Marymount University

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Yingbin Chen, CFA
Director, Investments Group

  • Experience
    • Current Responsibilities
      • Analyst responsibilities on the Technology Research Team
      • Member of the Small-Cap Investment Committee
    • Experience began in 2001
    • Joined Brandes Investment Partners in 2001
    • Limited partner of the firm’s parent company
    • Prior Career Highlights
      • Technology Officer with Citicorp
      • Technology Consultant with Hewlett Packard
  • Education and Skills
    • International MBA (with high honors) from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business
    • MS in electrical engineering from Johns Hopkins University
    • Fluent in Chinese

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Mark Costa, CFA
Director, Investments Group

  • Experience
    • Current Responsibilities
      • Analyst responsibilities on the Industrials Research Team
      • Member of the Small-Cap Investment Committee
      • Product Coordinator for the Small-Cap Investment Committee
    • Experience began in 2000
    • Joined Brandes Investment Partners in 2000
    • Limited partner of the firm’s parent company
  • Education and Skills
    • BS in finance with distinction from San Diego State University

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Luiz G. Sauerbronn
Director, Investments Group

  • Experience
    • Current Responsibilities
      • Analyst responsibilities on the Industrials Research Team
      • Member of the International Large-Cap and Small-Cap Investment Committees
      • Member of the Corporate Governance Committee
    • Experience began in 1995
    • Joined Brandes Investment Partners in 2001
    • Limited partner of the firm’s parent company
    • Prior Career Highlights
      • Summer Associate with J.P. Morgan
      • Manager of Mergers and Acquisitions Advisory Team with Banco Brascan (part of Brookfield Asset Management) in Brazil
      • Trainee with Royal Dutch Shell
  • Education and Skills
    • MBA from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley
    • BS in economics from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro