Darren Bagwell, the Thrivent Chief Equity Strategist, recently passed away after battling a long-term medical condition.
Darren was respected as a daring investment professional who pushed us all to deliver the best possible returns for our investors. Even as his illness persisted over the past few months, he elected the most aggressive treatment course. He refused to give up or give in.
Along with David Francis, Darren built our equity research team, and we could not have had the success we’ve experienced without his leadership. We will all miss Darren greatly.
Darren joined Thrivent Financial in 2002. In addition to his role as Chief Equity Strategist, he served as a portfolio manager of various Thrivent mutual funds, including Thrivent Aggressive Allocation Fund, Thrivent Moderately Aggressive Allocation Fund, Thrivent Moderate Allocation Fund, and Thrivent Moderately Conservative Allocation Fund, as well as the Thrivent Balanced Income Plus Fund, Thrivent Diversified Income Plus Fund, Thrivent Global Stock Fund, and Thrivent International Allocation Fund.
Many of the funds Darren managed were periodically rated among the top performing funds in their categories by leading fund rating services.