Interviews

Keeping culture amid acquisitions: an interview with Liontrust’s John Ions

By Sam Shaw on October 24, 2018
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Liontrust chief executive John Ions has overseen the group’s expansion from a £1bn boutique to a sizeable player in the asset management space, currently standing at just over £12bn AUM. He tells Kurtosys how his company’s…

Increased collaboration can help industry overcome challenges – Prudential COO

By Leandi Kolver on October 3, 2018

Meagen Burnett, COO of Prudential Investment Managers outlines her vision for the South African asset management industry, shares her proudest achievement since joining the firm and discusses the potential of AI and machine learning for improved…

Less jargon, more social responsibility – a vision for the SA asset management industry

By Leandi Kolver on September 20, 2018

Elize Botha, MD of Old Mutual Unit Trusts shares her views on the need for the asset management industry to follow responsible investment practices; provides insight into how asset managers can reach millennial investors; and explains…

BMO Marketing Perspectives: Opportunity through consolidation

By Sam Shaw on September 18, 2018
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After Bank of Montreal’s fund management arm acquired F&C Investments in 2014, the investment community has kept a keen eye on the phased rebrand and waited to see what it could expect from BMO Global Asset…

Automation and AI – the future is digital for SA asset managers

By Leandi Kolver on September 12, 2018
Digital transformation in asset management

Nic Andrew, MD at Nedgroup Investments shares his views on digital transformation in the South African asset management industry, tells us about the vision behind the company’s roboadvisor platform and explains why he doesn’t believe traditional…

Asset managers need to embrace change and innovation to survive

By Sam Shaw on July 30, 2018
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Luxembourg-based François-Kim Hugé is a partner at Deloitte, running fund registration services. In a recent interview with Kurtosys, he empathises with the conflicting pressures facing asset managers in order to remain competitive, scrutinises the role of…

‘No company without technology’: Jupiter’s Paul Kay on data science

By Sam Shaw on June 27, 2018
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Paul Kay, Jupiter’s head of technology, reveals some lessons from his previous roles in the banking sector, lays out his ambitions for improving the group’s capabilities in data science and admits his bias in believing technology…

Life after the merger: Aberdeen Standard Investments [interview]

By Sam Shaw on May 22, 2018
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Not quite a year since the completion of one of the asset management industry’s highest-profile mergers, Kurtosys felt it was time to meet up with Aberdeen Standard Investments’ Director of Operations, Mike Tumilty. Here he discusses…

CMO Interview: Honing a global asset management brand

By Sam Shaw on May 1, 2018
Anne-Marie McConnon

Kurtosys recently spoke with BNY Mellon Investment Management’s (BNY Mellon IM) Anne-Marie McConnon, Chief Marketing Officer, about her recent efforts to hone the group’s multi-faceted brand, the industry’s collective need to be more consumer-focused and the…

Wherever there is change there is opportunity: a CTO’s view

By Sam Shaw on April 3, 2018
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Kurtosys spoke recently with Matthew Oakeley, chief technology officer at Investec Asset Management about the dangers of believing technological hype, how regulation may be a necessary evil but it shouldn’t define your business as an asset…

Why they call this digital project manager “the fixer”

By Luke Hinchliffe on March 29, 2018
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An interview with Amanda Curran, who leads Project Management & Digital Implementation at AllianceBernstein   Tell us about your role at AllianceBernstein I’m a project manager and fall under the digital project management team. What tends…

How this Fintech influencer uses social media to drive engagement

By Courtney McQuade on March 21, 2018
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An interview with Danielle Guzman, Global Head of Social Media & Distributed Content at Mercer Social Media has been a way for consumer product companies and a whole host of others to extend their brand, messaging and…