Martin Currie appoints global distribution heads to spearhead growth drive

10 December 2019

Martin Currie, a Legg Mason affiliate and active equity specialist with $17bn of assets under management, has appointed two heads of global distribution to spearhead a worldwide growth drive.

Kimon Kouryialas and Mel Bucher will be responsible for developing a global distribution platform to build on Martin Currie’s success in key markets including the US, Europe, the UK, Australia, Asia and the Middle East. Building on their success in institutional markets, they will seek to work closely with Legg Mason to achieve growth and greater presence in retail markets.

Kouryialas was previously Head of Distribution, APAC and the Middle East at Martin Currie, based in Australia where he established an office in Melbourne – focusing on both retail and institutional clients – and Singapore. He joined Martin Currie in 2008 from Legg Mason where he was Managing Director.

Bucher was previously Head of Distribution, Americas for Martin Currie, responsible for institutional and retail markets in the US, Canada and South America. He previously led Martin Currie’s North American Institutional Sales and Client Service team.

The promotions come following the appointment of Julian Ide as CEO earlier this year, after previously leading Martin Currie’s global distribution.

Commenting, Ide said: “Martin Currie is a global business with clients on four continents, a growing presence in US and a leading position in Australia where we have a blue-chip institutional client base as well as market-leading income capabilities. It is an exciting time to promote Kimon and Mel to their new roles as we seek to grow and develop the business globally, with a particular focus on retail.”

Mr. Ide continued: “Martin Currie has an exciting strategy for growth, which has been recognized in some major institutional wins in 2019. Mel and Kimon have been instrumental in this success and I am delighted that they will make greater contributions in their new roles.”

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