$67 Billion Jupiter Asset Management 51 Year-Old CEO Andrew Formica Resigns, Do Nothing at Beach Message Goes Viral
1st July 2022 | Hong Kong
Jupiter Asset Management ($67 billion AUM 31/3/22) 51 Year-Old CEO Andrew Formica has announced his resignation with effect from 1st October 2022, with his message “I just want to go sit at the beach and do nothing … … I’m not thinking about anything else” going viral. Andrew Formica had joined Jupiter Asset Management in March 2019. Before joining Jupiter, he was CEO of Henderson Global Investors, becoming Co-Chief Executive of Janus Henderson on the merger with Janus Capital in 2017. In May 2022, former Jupiter Asset Management board director Jon Little had published an open letter to Jupiter Asset Management Chair Nichola Pease, citing Chief Executive Andrew Formica for not delivering on key metrics, shareholder returns & return on equity, therefore losing its way and risking takeover. Jupiter Asset Management share price had dropped by 72% since January 2018 (GBP 631) to May 2022 (GBP 176), with a market value of just under GBP 1 billion. Jon Little was a non-executive director of Jupiter from November 2011 to October 2016, and has millions of shares (value) of Jupiter Asset Management. Jon Little was the previous Chairman of BNY Mellon Asset Management.
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Jupiter Asset Management Announcement
Jupiter Fund Management plc (“Jupiter” or the “Company”) announces that Andrew Formica has informed the Board of the Company of his intention to retire from his role as Chief Executive Officer (‘CEO’) and as a Director of the Company with effect from 1 October 2022.
He will be succeeded by Matthew Beesley, the Group’s Chief Investment Officer, who will take up the role of CEO with effect from that time, subject to customary regulatory approvals. He will be appointed to the Board of the Company and promoted to Deputy CEO with immediate effect. Matthew will retain his global Chief Investment Officer responsibilities during the transition.
Andrew has always been clear with the Board that his longer-term plans would involve the relocation back to his native Australia with his family. With the initial phase of Jupiter’s business transformation completed he feels now is the right time to hand over the leadership of the business, to enable the next phase to have consistent and strong leadership throughout that period. Following his stepping down as CEO and as a Director of the Company, Andrew will relocate back to Australia but will remain in the business until 30 June 2023 to ensure a smooth leadership transition and to assist with a number of strategic objectives, including supporting the Asian business and development of our Australian market offering. In addition, whilst he remains employed with the Group, Andrew will remain on the Board of NZS Capital as the Company’s representative.
As part of the Board’s ongoing succession planning process, Matthew Beesley joined Jupiter in January 2022, as Chief Investment Officer. He has made a significant impact across the business since his appointment and the Board have been impressed with his strategic insights, leadership skills and unwavering focus on client outcomes. Having undertaken a thorough review of potential internal and external candidates with the assistance of external advisers, the Board is pleased to select Matthew as the Group’s next CEO to lead the business in its next phase of development.
Before joining Jupiter, Matthew was the Chief Investment Officer of Artemis Investment Management. He previously served as the Head of Investments and Head of Equities at GAM Investments and as Head of Global Equities at Henderson Global Investors. Prior to this, Matthew held a number of global equity portfolio manager roles.
Nichola Pease, Chairman of Jupiter, commented: “On behalf of the Board I would like to thank Andrew for his significant contribution over the last three years. Andrew has been an excellent leader throughout a highly challenging period for the business, the industry and indeed the world; his expertise and vision have strengthened our underlying business and driven progress towards our long-term strategic objectives. Andrew leaves with the Board’s very best wishes and we are pleased that he will remain with the business to ensure a comprehensive transition of CEO and progress a number of important strategic initiatives.”
“Since joining Jupiter, Matthew has clearly demonstrated his strong leadership skills and strategic insights. The Board is pleased to have such a strong internal successor to Andrew and is confident his energy, experience and expertise will help drive forward the Group’s strategy, for the benefit of all of our stakeholders.”
Andrew Formica stated: “Jupiter is a client-led business and I am proud to have worked with such a fantastic and dedicated team as we navigated an extremely challenging period for the business and markets. Despite those challenges, we continued to deliver for our clients with strong investment performance and our focus on high conviction active management. Whilst it is always hard to find the right time to hand over, we have made significant progress against our strategic priorities ensuring that Jupiter is now a more diversified and resilient business, has enhanced positions in critical areas such as sustainability and data science and has the right building blocks in place to support long term growth. I am pleased to see the board appoint Matthew Beesley as my successor, and I look forward to working with him to ensure a seamless transition.”
Matthew Beesley said: “I am very excited to have the opportunity to lead Jupiter into its next phase of development. Since joining Jupiter earlier this year, I have been enormously impressed by the talent we have across the firm, and the focus of the business on delivering excellent outcomes for our clients. We have made the right strategic changes to put Jupiter on the best trajectory to long term growth and I look forward to playing my part in delivering on our significant potential.”
There are no other details that are required to be disclosed in respect of Matthew’s appointment under paragraph 9.6.13R of the Listing Rules.