General Investing >> Money Manager Interviews >> September 22, 2003

J.mcalear / D.snee – Columbia Management Group

JAMES M. McALEAR is Senior Equity Portfolio Manager for Columbia Management Group. He serves as lead manager on the international strategy and has been a portfolio manager for the Columbia International Stock Fund since its inception in 1992. Previously, Mr. McAlear spent 20 years in London. He was senior vice president and portfolio manager with American Express Financial Advisors, specializing in global portfolio management for institutional clients. In London, he also held various positions with Merrill Lynch Europe, most recently as executive director. Mr. McAlear earned his undergraduate degree from Boston College and his MA degree in Economics from Michigan State University. Profile
DEBORAH SNEE is a Portfolio Manager for Columbia Management Group. She serves as the Portfolio Manager for the international and European strategies and as Co-Manager of the Liberty Newport Europe Fund. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Snee spent five years at Progress Investment and at Sit/Kim International as an international equities analyst. Previously, she worked with Goldman Sachs, Dean Witter and NationsBank. Ms. Snee earned a BS degree in Finance, with a minor in Economics, from the University of Delaware, and an MS degree in Computer Information Systems from Golden Gate University, San Francisco. She holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation. Ms. Snee is a member of the Security Analysts Society of San Francisco and the Association for Investment Management and Research. Profile
TWST: Today we want to focus on the Columbia International Stock Fund.

Could you give us a quick overview, first, of Columbia Management Group,

and then of the International Stock Fund?