Aviva Investors poaches Standard Life execs

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Global asset manager Aviva Investors has made nine additions to its UK, global and global emerging markets equities teams, eight of whom are from Standard Life Investments.

David Cumming

In a statement, Aviva announced that eight former executives from Standard Life Investments (SLI) and one from Tesco Pension Investment had been appointed to Aviva’s equities teams.

In a separate statement released 11 December 2017, the global asset manager said former SLI head of equities David Cumming would join Aviva as chief investment officer for equities in January 2018.


SLI’s head of global equities and portfolio manager Mikhail Zverev will join the company on 1 October and retain the same title of head of global equities.

Meanwhile, SLI former head of Asia and global emerging market equities Alistair Way will join Aviva on 16 July and also keep the same job title.

He will be joined by former SLI investment director for UK equities Adam McInally, as well as former global equities investment director Ross Mathison who will all hold similar roles.

Former SLI investment director for global emerging market and Asia equities Will Malcolm will join his new colleagues shortly, on 23 July.

On 20 August, former SLI investment director for global emerging market equities Jonathan Toub will start at Aviva in a similar role.

Stephanie Niven will begin her work at the company on 1 October, after 6 years at Tesco Pension Investment, most recently as portfolio manager for global equity fund.

Jaime Ramos Martin has already started at Aviva and also joins from SLI where he was a senior vice president for global equities.

All the new hires, bar Ms Niven, will be based at Aviva’s office in Edinburgh, which is set to open at the end of July. Ms Niven will be based in London.

Commenting on the appointments, Aviva chief investment officer for equities David Cumming said the team was “delighted to attract such high-calibre, experienced individuals with strong performance track records”, and he is looking forward to them joining the team.

“These appointments, along with additional hires we plan to make this year, will complete the creation of strong, integrated teams in the key areas of Global, Emerging Markets, Europe, US and UK Equities.”

Aviva chief executive officer Euan Munro added: “These hires will enhance our ability to offer compelling equity propositions for wholesale and institutional investors, as well as strengthening idea generation for our broader range of investment solutions.”



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