Aviva Investors hire investment industry heavyweight

Article date: 5 August 2008

Aviva Investors, the global asset management business being created by the integration of Aviva plc's asset management companies1, is delighted to announce the appointment of Paul Abberley to join Aviva Investors' executive committee and to head its active portfolio management business based in London.

Reporting to chief executive Alain Dromer, Paul will be chief executive of Aviva Investors' actively managed portfolio business, Aviva Investors London. He will also become chief investment officer of Aviva Investors London-based Fixed Income team, responsible for over £50 billion in assets.

Previously chief investment officer of fixed income at ABN Amro Asset Management, Paul will be responsible for leading the London-based business, developing new products and for delivering exceptional returns in our actively managed portfolios. Together with Niall Paul, chief investment officer equities who will become deputy chief executive at Aviva Investors London, Paul will ensure that all synergies and insights are shared among professionals of different background.

Aviva Investors London regroups all London-based active portfolio management teams while capabilities that require scale and a global focus now belong to the Global Investment Solutions department.

Aviva Investors chief executive, Alain Dromer said: "Paul brings many years of top level experience to a pivotal role within Aviva Investors. During his time with ABN Amro, Paul was responsible for reorganising a significant fixed income business on a global scale and that experience will make him a tremendous asset as we move ahead with our own plans to transform our investment model.

"In Fixed Income, Paul will help to develop our existing business within several core asset classes, as well as building new specialist capabilities in other areas. His arrival will bring a wealth of new experience and considerable product knowledge and client skills to an established, award-winning investment team and help to establish Aviva Investors as a thought leader in the world of fixed income."

Paul Abberley said: "I am delighted to be joining such a strong, established team during such an exciting period for the business. It has both breadth of expertise and an exciting range of products and with the backing of the future Aviva Investors distribution network I believe that together we can further our reputation as a leading player in this market."

Paul will start with Aviva Investors in the first week of September, ahead of the completion of the Aviva Investors integration at the end of the September. He brings to the business decades of experience in financial markets, including eight years with ABN Amro Asset Management where he worked in a series of fixed income roles and as CEO for London. Paul has also worked for Lombard Odier and Saudi International Bank.


For more information contact:
Angela Warburton
Corporate Communications
Telephone: 020 7809 8618

Notes to editors:

Morley is the UK-based asset management business of Aviva plc. Firms within the Morley group of companies manage £151bn (€192bn) from offices around the world as at 30 June 2008.  

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 £28bn (€35bn) of UK and European property assets.

Aviva Investors
On 28 February 2008, Aviva plc announced it was combining the majority of its asset management businesses to create a single, globally integrated asset manager to be known as Aviva Investors - to be launched formally in September 2008. Aviva Investors will be the global asset management business of Aviva plc, the world's fifth-largest insurance group.

Operating under a single brand with more than 1,300 employees in 15 countries across the UK, Europe, North America and Asia, and subject to regulatory approval, Aviva Investors will combine businesses in the UK (Morley), North America (Aviva Capital Management, MFM International, Aviva Investment Canada), France (Aviva Gestion d'Actifs), Australia (Portfolio Partners), Poland (CUIM Polska), Ireland (Hibernian Investment Managers) and Romania (CertInvest) and work in partnership with Delta Lloyd Asset Management in the Netherlands. 

Recent  Morley Awards

  • Property Manager of the Year, UK Pensions Awards 2007 and 2008
  • Morley's G7 Fund awarded Fixed Income Hedge Fund of the Year, Eurohedge Awards 2006 and 2007
  • Best Property Manager - Financial News Excellence in Institutional Management Awards, Europe 2007
  • Morley ranks no 1 fund manager in the Thomson Extel SRI Survey, 2007
  • 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

Aviva plc
Aviva is the leading provider of life and pension products in Europe with substantial positions in other markets around the world, making it the world's fifth largest insurance group based on gross worldwide premiums at 31 December 2006.

Aviva's principal business activities are long-term savings, fund management and general insurance, with worldwide total sales of £49.2 billion at 31 December 2007 and funds under management of £359 billion at 30 June 2008.

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1 On 28 February 2008, Aviva plc announced it was combining the majority of its asset management businesses to create a single, globally integrated asset manager to be known as Aviva Investors - to be launched formally in September 2008.

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