In the case of Benjamin Segal and the Neuberger Berman International/Investor Fund, both manager and fund boast international backgrounds. Mr. Segal grew up in the United Kingdom, but was always interested in much more than just what was in his own backyard. As a young adult he worked in Asia as a sales-side analyst for Lehman Brothers before moving to the United States to get his MBA from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School. Then it was back to globetrotting as he accepted a position in South Africa as a management consultant to Bain & Company, where he worked for about 18 months. Then he returned to the U.K. to take a position with GT Global in London, which was purchased by Invesco during his tenure. Filled with the feeling that it was time to head back across the Atlantic, he joined Neuberger Berman at the end of 1998 as part of the team working on the Neuberger Berman International/Investor Fund. Made to "earn his stripes," Segal was officially named co-manager of the fund, along with Valerie Chang, in 2000, and today is the sole manager.
"Having worked on all those different continents, the themes throughout my career are very international," he says. "I love international markets and international business and always have been a hardcore analyst, whether of business and strategy--as I was at Bain--or a financial analyst--as I've been on the buy side and the sales side."