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Royal London Asset Management appoints Chief Client Officer

10th April 2024


Royal London Asset Management today announces the appointment of Ed Venner as Chief Client Officer, as it continues to expand its international growth strategy.

Ed Venner joins on 13 May 2024 from Franklin Templeton, where he most recently held the roles of Global Distribution Chief Operating Officer and Chair of the Board of Martin Currie. During his career at Legg Mason, prior to its acquisition by Franklin Templeton, Ed held a number of senior sales roles including Head of US Sales and interim Head of Global Distribution. He was also International Chief Financial Officer.

Ed will report to Hans Georgeson, Chief Executive at Royal London Asset Management. The appointment marks an acceleration in Royal London Asset Management’s international expansion, and forms part of a major strategic initiative for the business.

Royal London Asset Management also announces the departure of Rob Williams, Chief Distribution Officer after an 11-year tenure.

Commenting, Hans Georgeson said:

“We look forward to welcoming Ed Venner to Royal London Asset Management as we continue to focus on our strategy of broadening our international footprint. Ed brings significant experience across global markets, as we continue to focus on our strategy of delivering for our UK clients while broadening our international footprint.”

“As clients’ needs are evolving and becoming increasingly sophisticated, we are well positioned to quickly react and adapt. For example, through the recent broadening of our property offering, the appointment of a Head of Private Assets last year, and our proposition developments, particularly in Global Equities and Global Credit. Ed will play a critical role in accelerating our ambitions.

He added: “Rob has been key in overseeing a remarkable transformation at Royal London Asset Management. From developing our marketing and distribution capabilities to initiating our programme to deliver a first-class client experience, I would like to thank Rob for the strong legacy he leaves.”

Ed Venner added:

“This is an exciting time to join Royal London Asset Management, which has a strong mutual brand, a clear strategy, and a compelling value proposition to clients. I’m excited by the growth ambitions of the business. The strength of their investment performance coupled with the recent modernisation of their infrastructure ensures Royal London Asset Management is well positioned to take advantage of the range of opportunities in front of them, while, importantly, delivering an exceptional customer experience.”


The views expressed are those of the author at the date of publication unless otherwise indicated, which are subject to change, and is not investment advice.