Martin Currie investment head exits amid leadership revamp

John Pickard, head of Investment at Martin Currie, will end an eight-year stint with the firm after it announced a new model of investment team leadership that is aimed to to support its growth ambitions.

The changes will enable a higher level of participation for the investors running strategies within the business, said the Legg Mason’s affiliate manager.

Therefore the Investment Executive will be chaired by chief executive officer Willie Watt who will still be responsible for oversight and monitoring of investment process and performance.

Oversight remains supported by Jeff Casson, head of Investment Process and Paul Hughes, head of Investment Risk, Trading and Quant, both members of the Investment Executive.

Martin Currie underlined Pickard’s important role in the development of the firm’s capabilities over the last eight years.

Since the start of the year, the UK-based manager has made four appointements including Zehrid Osmani as head of the Global Long Term Unconstrained Team and Julian Ide as head of Distribution and Strategy.

Adrien Paredes-Vanheule
Adrien Paredes-Vanheule is deputy editor and French-Speaking Europe Correspondent for InvestmentEurope, covering France, Belgium, Geneva and Monaco. Prior to joining InvestmentEurope, he spent almost five years writing for various publications in Monaco, primarily as a criminal and financial court reporter. Before that, he worked for newspapers and radio stations in France, in particular in Lyon.

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