The new president of Forward Management LLC in San Francisco says he will strive to take advantage of a recent acquisition to begin distributing Forward's mutual funds and separately managed accounts through banks.

Newly acquired Accessor Capital Management LP, which distributes through the trust departments of community and regional banks, gives him an opening, said Jeffrey Cusack, who joined Forward a little over a month ago. "Accessor has had terrific relationships with their banks over the years," he said, "and the banks want more."

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