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Hugh McKee of BMO Financial Group Joins Virtus Investment Partners Board



HARTFORD, Conn., Feb. 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Virtus Investment Partners, Inc. (NASDAQ: VRTS), which operates a multi-manager asset management business, today announced that Hugh M. S. McKee has been elected to fill one of the two board positions held by representatives of BMO Financial Group (NYSE: BMO) (TSX: BMO).


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In his role as co-president and chief operating officer of BMO Investments Inc., an affiliate of BMO Financial, McKee is responsible for setting and executing on the strategic, product, investment and operational direction for BMO's mutual fund business.


"We welcome the opportunity to have Hugh join the Virtus board," said George R. Aylward, Virtus' president and chief executive officer. "His broad experience in the financial services industry will give us important perspectives as we position the company for new growth opportunities."


McKee joined BMO Financial in 2007 as vice president, strategic initiatives, responsible for identifying and addressing a broad range of strategic issues at the BMO Financial Group level, and in its wealth and capital markets businesses. Prior to joining BMO, he was a global account manager for the financial services practice of a management consulting firm and worked with a wide range of US, Canadian and European financial services clients, including those in the wealth management, banking, asset management and insurance industries.


McKee takes the position previously held by Barry M. Cooper, who relinquished his role on the Virtus board as a result of changes in his job responsibilities.


About Virtus Investment Partners

Virtus Investment Partners (NASDAQ: VRTS) is a distinctive partnership of boutique investment managers singularly committed to the long-term success of individual and institutional investors. The company provides investment management products and services through its affiliated managers and select subadvisers, each with a distinct investment style, autonomous investment process and individual brand. Virtus Investment Partners offers access to a variety of investment styles across multiple disciplines to meet a wide array of investor needs. Additional information can be found at



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