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The Board

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  • David Stewart - Chairman

    David joined the board of Hermes in April 2015 and was appointed Chairman effective 1 April 2016. He previously spent nine years at Odey Asset Management, initially as Chief Executive and latterly as a non-executive director. Prior to that, David’s career included roles at Fidelity Investments (1994-2005), James Capel (1986-1994) and Swire Pacific Ltd, Hong Kong (1981-1986). He is Chairman of IMM Associates, a Non-Executive Director of the Caledonia Investment Trust, and sits on the Investment Committee of Macmillan Cancer Support.

  • Saker Nusseibeh - Chief Executive Officer

    Saker is Chief Executive of Hermes, chair of its Executive Committee and an Executive Board Director. Saker was appointed CEO in May 2012, having been acting CEO since November 2011. Saker joined the firm in June 2009 as Head of Investment and Executive Board Director. He is responsible for leading the firm’s growth strategy and ensuring that Hermes continues to deliver excellent long-term investment performance, responsibly. Under his leadership, Hermes has achieved outstanding year-on-year growth in sales, revenues and profitability, while contributing widely to the debate about how to improve the contribution of financial services to society. Critically, long-term investment performance has remained at outstanding levels during his tenure.

  • Harriet Steel - Head of Business Development

    Harriet is Head of Business Development, a member of the Executive Committee (ExCo) and an Executive Board Director. She joined the firm in 2011 with responsibility for Sales, Client Service, Marketing, Communications and Product Strategy. Under her leadership, Hermes has built a fast-growing and profitable third-party business in which assets under management for external clients have tripled, and revenues grown from 15% to 70% of the total. Appointed to the Board of Hermes in 2013, Harriet became the company’s first female Executive Director.

  • Ian Kennedy - Chief Operating Officer

    Ian Kennedy is Chief Operating Officer for Hermes, a member of the Executive Committee (ExCo), and an Executive Board Director. Ian joined Hermes in 2015, taking responsibility for Finance, IT, Legal, HR, Operations and Facilities. As COO, Ian’s role is to ensure Hermes operates a best-in-class organisational infrastructure to support its clients, investment teams and business development activities. As a member of ExCo, his responsibilities include development of corporate strategy and delivery of profitability.

  • Billy McClory - Non Executive Director

    Billy was appointed Non-Executive Director of Hermes in August 2010. He was employed by Post Office Telecommunications from 1968-78 and became a National Officer of CPSA and then NCU in 1984, and CWU in 1995. At NCU he was responsible for pension matters in the Post Office and BT, and he was the lead officer on pension matters for the BT Unions from 1990-97. He is a Trustee Director of the BT Pension Scheme and a member of UNITE (formerly the National Federation of Post Office & BT Pensioners). He is also a member of The Pensions Regulator’s Investment Governance Group, the aim of which is to promote best practice in investment-related governance by occupational pension schemes.

  • David Watson - Non Executive Director

    David was appointed Non-Executive Director of Hermes Fund Managers in July 2011. Currently, David is a Non-Executive Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee at Charles Taylor Consulting plc. Prior to joining Hermes, David was the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Aviva General Insurance UK Division and between 2003 and 2007 he was the CFO of Morley Fund Management, the asset management arm of the Aviva Group. Previous to this, he spent nine years at M&G Group plc (now M&G Investments), where he was Group Finance Director, responsible for financial management and strategic development of the group. He has a BA in Business Studies from the Cass Business School, London.

  • Sally James - Non Executive Director

    Sally was appointed Non-Executive Director of Hermes Fund Managers in April 2017. Sally served as Managing Director and General Counsel of UBS Investment Bank EMEA from 2001 to 2008. Previously she held a number of senior legal roles in investment banks in London and Chicago. She has been a Non-Executive Director of Group plc since April 2013, a Non-Executive Director of Rotork plc since May 2012, and Bank of America Merrill Lynch International Limited since February 2016.  She was a Non-Executive Director at Towry Holdings Limited from 2011 to 2016 and for UBS Limited from 2009 to 2015. Sally is also a Trustee of the Legal Education Foundation.