Martin Currie appoints Julian Ide as Head of Distribution and Strategy

12 June 2018

  • Experienced industry leader with depth of understanding in institutional and wholesale distribution markets
  • Appointment follows a number of key hires across Distribution and Investment Team
  • Proven asset gatherer with record of expanding distribution capability and delivering successful business outcomes

Martin Currie, the global active equity specialist, has appointed experienced industry leader, Julian Ide, as its Head of Distribution and Strategy. A proven asset gatherer, with the ability to identify and realise new business opportunities, Julian will have responsibility to further broaden and build Martin Currie’s global distribution capability across geographies and solutions.

Julian joins Martin Currie’s six-strong Executive team based in Edinburgh, and will work collaboratively with them to drive the company’s distribution ambitions.

This key strategic hire is the fourth for the business since the turn of the year and follows the appointment of Zehrid Osmani, who joined in May from BlackRock, as Head of the Global Long Term Unconstrained Team.

Julian Ide - Head of Distribution and Strategy, Martin Currie

Julian Ide

Head of Distribution and Strategy

Julian brings over 25 years’ experience in the investment management industry, having held several senior positions during his career, most recently as CEO at Source ETF, one of the largest independent ETF providers in Europe, sold to Invesco in 2017. Prior to that, he was CEO at Old Mutual Global Investors, which was one of the fastest-growing asset managers in the UK for several years. His distribution expertise was developed and deepened through senior positions including Credit Suisse and ABN AMRO.

He holds a Masters in Law from Cambridge University and an LLB from Guildford Law School.

Willie Watt, Chief Executive at Martin Currie comments:
‘Julian Ide is a crucial hire for our business, as we look to step up our distribution momentum and increase the accessibility of our highly differentiated investment strategies to a global marketplace. We have established a strong presence in the institutional and wholesale markets with the active equity-driven investment solutions we offer our clients.' 

'Given Julian’s strategic experience and previous success, it is right that he should have responsibility for developing our forward strategy, in partnership with me. I am really excited to be working with Julian and believe he can make a huge contribution to building this business.‘

Julian Ide comments:
‘Martin Currie is a high conviction active equity manager benefiting from the best of both worlds in asset management – operating autonomously as an affiliate of Legg Mason whilst benefiting from the strength of their global network.‘

'As a forward-thinking asset manager, Martin Currie also remains committed to providing innovative solutions which will meet existing and future client needs. I’m enormously excited to play my part in driving the next phase of Martin Currie’s growth strategy.’

Martin Currie manages a total of US$19 billion in assets under management as at end March 2018 across its four key investment strategies: Market Aware; Long-Term Unconstrained; Sustainable Income and Growth; and Absolute Returns.



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Notes to editors

Martin Currie is an active equity specialist, crafting high-conviction portfolios for client-focused solutions. Investment excellence is at the heart of our business. Central to this philosophy is a stock-driven approach, based on in-depth fundamental research, active ownership of companies and skilled portfolio construction. As an affiliate of Legg Mason, we also have the backing of one of the world’s largest asset management firms.

  • Has delivered positive increase in Assets under Management during 2017, posting an AUM increase of 38% (Source: Martin Currie for year to 31 December 2017).
  • LM manages US$ 753 billion assets under management as at 31 March 2018 and offers global access to 39 locations worldwide.

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