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Mason Street Names New Managers on Growth Fund

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Dec. 16, 2002 — Mason Street Advisors LLC named David R. Keuler and Michael P. Johnson as co-managers of the $59.4-million Mason Street Growth Stock Fund (MGSAX), succeeding Julie M. Van Cleave.

Van Cleave, who had managed the fund since its March 1997 inception, joined Deutsche Asset Management as a managing director and head of its large-cap growth team. Jack Zehner and Thomas J. Schmid, both formerly Mason Street where they provided portfolio research, also joined Van Cleave at Deutsche Asset.

According to an SEC filing dated December 6, Van Cleave became portfolio manager of the Scudder Capital Growth Fund (SDGAX), the Scudder Growth Fund/A (KGRAX) and the Scudder Large Company Growth Fund/A (SGGAX).

For the 12-month period ended November 29, the Mason Street Growth Stock fund declined 16.4%, while the average large-cap growth fund plunged 22.1%. For the three-year period ended November 29, the fund dropped an annualized 9.3%, while the peer group declined 16.3%.

Keuler, a director with Mason Street, joined Northwestern Mutual in 1991 as a common stock specialist. He received a B.A. in economics and mathematics from Boston University in 1983, and an M.B.A. in finance from Indiana University in 1988.

Keuler also coordinates the asset allocation of the $76-million Mason Street Asset Allocation Fund (MASSX).

Johnson, also a director with Mason Street, joined Northwestern Mutual in 1984. He received B.B.A. degrees in accounting and management computer systems in 1983 from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, and an M.S. degree in finance from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 1992.

Based in Milwaukee, Mason Street is Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company’s wholly-owned asset management company.


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