James D. Hamel, CFA, is a managing director of Artisan Partners and a portfolio manager on the Growth team. In this role, he is the lead portfolio manager for the Artisan Global Opportunities Strategy, including Artisan Global Opportunities Fund, and a portfolio manager for the Artisan U.S. Mid-Cap Growth and U.S. Small-Cap Growth Strategies, including Artisan Mid Cap and Small Cap Funds. Prior to joining Artisan Partners in May 1997, Hamel was a financial associate, cost analyst and operations manager of Kimberly-Clark Corporation from March 1990 through May 1997. He began his career at Carlson, Posten & Associates. Hamel holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Minnesota-Minneapolis where he was a three-time Academic All-American.