December 16, 2003 — Lord Abbett & Co. LLC named a five-person international large-cap equity investment management team which will run the company’s new international core equity fund.

Harold Sharon and Vincent J. McBride will head the investment management team as director of international core equity and senior portfolio manager, respectively.

Sharon joined Lord Abbett in 2003 from the consulting industry where he worked with various financial and venture capital companies from 2001 to 2003. Previously, Sharon served as a managing director of Warburg Pincus Asset Management/Credit Suisse Asset Management.

McBride joined Lord Abbett in 2003 from Warburg Pincus Asset Management/Credit Suisse Asset Management.

The other members of the team are Todd D. Jacobson, Todor Petrov, and Yarek Aranowicz.

Jacobson was recently a co-manager for international funds at Warburg Pincus/CSAM and had been the head of Japanese equities for Credit Suisse in Tokyo. Petrov worked on the international equity team at Credit Suisse and was co-manager of a global sector fund. Aranowicz was recently lead portfolio manager for a number of Credit Suisse global equity funds.