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BNY Mellon Asset Management Announces New Chief Investment Officer

Christopher Sheldon to provide investment oversight over mutual fund portfolio

NEW YORK, August 31, 2011 – BNY Mellon Asset Management has announced the appointment of Christopher Sheldon as chief investment officer of The Dreyfus Corporation. Sheldon succeeds Phil Maisano, who retired earlier this year.

Sheldon joins Dreyfus from BNY Mellon Wealth Management, where he was director of investment strategy and president of the BNY Mellon Funds. He joined BNY Mellon in 1995 and has more than 20 years of industry experience as a portfolio manager and investment strategist. Sheldon was previously managing director of BNY Mellon Wealth Management’s group on the West Coast, and is a national speaker on issues of investment strategy, the financial markets and the economy, and a frequent guest on Bloomberg and CNBC. He is a CFA charter holder and a member of the Boston Security Analysts Society.

“Our chief investment officer is a key member of the leadership team at Dreyfus, and I am pleased to welcome Chris into this role,” said Jon Baum, chief executive officer of Dreyfus.  “His knowledge and strategic insights, exceptional judgment and strong communications skills will be great assets to us as we continue to become an even greater force in the mutual fund industry.” 

Chris Sheldon will spend the next several months transitioning into the role, officially taking over on November 1.

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Notes to Editors:

The Dreyfus Corporation, established in 1951 and headquartered in New York City, is one of the nation's leading asset management and distribution companies, currently managing approximately $400 billion in mutual funds and separately managed accounts.

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