AMC Executive Search Asset Management HR Directors' Roundtable 2016

20 December 2016

In December 2016, AMC hosted its annual Asset Management HR Directors' Roundtable. The event was held on the top floor private dining room at The Gherkin, 30 St Mary Axe.

Attendees were:

  • Herve Bruneteaux - Global Head of HR, Candriam Investors Group
  • Will Roberts - Global Head of Talent, Columbia Threadneedle
  • Ranjani Kearsley - Head of HR, Fidelity International
  • Robert Stanton - Head of HR, Investec Asset Management
  • Gillian Van Maaren - HR Director, Jupiter Investment Management
  • Kaye Maguire - Head of HR, Legal & General Investment Management
  • Gareth Jones - Group HR Director- M&G Investments
  • Tracey Hahn - Chief of Staff, Old Mutual Wealth
  • Mario Bastoni - Global Head of HR, Pioneer Investments
  • Deborah Exell - Partner, Will Exell

In addition to the general opportunity to compare notes on the year, we took a specific focus on leadership. The fund management industry is affected by significant headwinds in terms of changing customer expectations, regulatory pressures and global growth fears. The ability of leadership teams, with the support of HR, to overcome such challenges will help determine its success over the coming years.

The group discussed the following:

  • What impact will these industry wide challenges have on the operating models of asset management firms, large and small?
  • Do we have the right leaders with the right skill sets in situ to lead firms through these difficult times and respond to changing market dynamics? How can HR Leaders ensure such teams are as effective as possible in this context?
  • What role should HR Leaders play in supporting boards as they seek to evolve their operating models to maximise client engagement, investment performance and operating effectiveness? What can we learn from how other industries have dealt with such change?

Feedback on the event was excellent. It is clear that we are reaching a significant point of inflexion in the industry and how it responds to these challenges will determine its success or otherwise. There was a general agreement that the people challenges associated with delivering this change will keep us all busy for a number of years to come.

Written by

Navin Raina

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