Morley hires Botham to head European Equities

Article date: 29 May 2007

Morley, one of the UK's largest fund managers, has appointed John Botham as head of European equities. John joins Morley from Henderson Global Investors where he was director of pan-European equities. This completes the series of hires that Niall Paul, Morley's head of equities set out on when he refocused the team in December last year.

Morley's head of equities, Niall Paul, said: "John's appointment adds to the talented line-up in Morley's equities team and continues the significant momentum we've had over the last six months.

"That a manager of John's reputation and track record is attracted to Morley is testament of our recent progress and Morley's weight in the industry. We are delighted John is joining us and look forward to him making a significant contribution to the team." 

At Morley, John will be running a team responsible for 15 funds with £2.8 billion under management.

At Henderson Global Investors John managed €1.5 billion of continental and pan European equity funds with top quartile performance over ten years. He was previously portfolio manager at Guardian Royal Exchange and had other finance related roles prior to that.

In December 2006, Niall Paul refocused Morley's equities business in order to instill higher conviction and more focused investment parameters within the firm's active equity management teams. Specifically, he created a new Morley Value team, refocused Morley's UK Equity and European Equity teams and moved the firm's active US funds into a quant or index based approach. As part of this refocusing David Lis was promoted to head of UK equities and Rita Dhut was promoted to head of the Morley value team. John's appointment completes that process.

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Notes to editors:

Morley
Morley is the UK-based asset management business of Aviva plc.  Firms within the Morley group of companies manage £165bn (€246bn) from offices around the world as at 31 March 2007.  

Morley manages both institutional and retail funds. It also acts as investment manager for a range of retail investment funds, marketed in the UK under the Norwich Union brand and in Europe under the Morley name.

The property team manages in excess of £29bn (€44bn) of UK and European property assets.

Awards

  • Equity End User of the Year - Derivatives Week DEAL Awards 2006
  • Property Fund Manager of the Year, Pensions Management Awards 2006
  • Best Commitment to Raising Standards of Trustee Education, Engaged Investor Awards 2006
  • Property Fund Manager of the Year, Property Week Awards 2006
  • SRI Provider of the Year, Global Pensions 2006
  • Central European Property Awards 2005 - Outstanding Company of the Year & Investor of the Year
  • UK Pensions Awards 2005 - Property Manager of the Year
  • Property Week Awards 2004 - Best Property Fund Manager.

Further information about Morley can be found at http://www.morleyfm.com/

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