Janus Henderson Investors adds to global team as merger completes

Janus Henderson Investors has announced the appointment of two new senior positions for its distribution in continental Europe and Latin America.

Steven de Vries has been appointed for the role of head of global financial institutions with immediate effect. At the same time, Ignacio de la Maza has been appointed as head of continental Europe wholesale & Latin America, the company said in a statment announcing the moves.

Both de Vries and de la Maza will report to Greg Jones, head of distribution, EMEA & Latin America at the company.

De la Maza will continue to lead the seven-member sales team for Latin America and the Iberian Peninsula in addition to its new responsibility for the wholesale business in continental Europe and Latin America, Janus Henderson Investors said.

Greg Jones, head of distribution, EMEA & Latin America, Janus Henderson Investors, said: “In the mature markets where we are active, it is crucial that we consolidate and deepen our customer relationships with financial institutions, consultants and intermediaries and remain an attractive partner.

“After the merger with Janus Henderson is completed, and with the fact that at least a quarter of our employees are engaged in sales, we hope to strengthen our position in the market and expand our customer base.”

Completed merger

Earlier this week, Janus Henderson Investors parent companies  Janus Capital Group Inc. and Henderson Group plc announced the completion of an all-stock merger of equals to form Janus Henderson Group plc (Janus Henderson).

As a result of the merger, originally reported here in October last year, Janus Henderson now manages assets under management (AUM) of approximately US$331bn, according to company statistics, as at 31 March, with a market capitalisation of approximately US$6bn, it said.

The merger bids to leverage Janus’s strength in the US markets and Henderson’s strength in the UK and European markets, creating what it called “a truly global active asset manager with a diverse geographic footprint”.

On the merger Andrew Formica, Janus Henderson’s co-chief executive officer, said: “Our work together since announcement has reinforced our shared culture and aligned business goals.

Dick Weil, Janus Henderson’s co-chief executive officer, added that the new “truly global active asset manager” will look to expand on it product suites, with its “greater financial strength and better talent, benefiting our clients, shareholders and employees.”

Board Changes

The Janus Henderson Group board of directors is now comprised of the following 12 directors:

  • Richard Gillingwater – Chairman
  • Glenn Schafer – Deputy Chairman
  • Andrew Formica – Co-Chief Executive Officer
  • Richard Weil – Co-Chief Executive Officer
  • Sarah Arkle – Non-Executive Director
  • Kalpana Desai – Non-Executive Director
  • Jeffrey Diermeier – Non-Executive Director
  • Kevin Dolan – Non-Executive Director
  • Eugene Flood Jr. – Non-Executive Director
  • Lawrence Kochard – Non-Executive Director
  • Angela Seymour-Jackson – Non-Executive Director
  • Tatsusaburo Yamamoto – Non-Executive Director
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