Ex-SFE chairman among hirings at Aberdeen

John Campbell

Aberdeen Asset Management said it made a number of appointments to strengthen its global distribution platform, including former Scottish Financial Enterprise chairman John Campbell.

Campbell will join Aberdeen — which manages global assets of around $400 billion — in early January as Global Head of Strategic Clients reporting to Campbell Fleming, Global Head of Distribution.

Campbell helped lead the Scottish financial community through the 2008 financial crisis as chairman of Scottish Financial Enterprise.

He has spent the last 16 years at State Street, most recently as Business Head of Global Services UK, Middle East and Africa.

Jeff Klepacki will join Aberdeen early in the New Year as Head of Distribution-Americas reporting to Bev Hendry and Campbell Fleming.

Klepacki brings with him a 23-year track record in financial services with organisations including Capital Group, Delaware Investments and Allianz Global Investors.

Antony John, former chief executive BNP Paribas Investment Partners/FundQuest, and Richard Pursglove, who has held senior distribution roles at a number of companies, will join Aberdeen on a consultancy basis to work with senior management on driving forward Aberdeen’s distribution strategy.

Campbell Fleming, Global Head of Distribution at Aberdeen Asset Management, said: “I am delighted that Aberdeen will be able to draw on the experience and expertise of John, Jeff, Antony and Richard.

“It says a lot about Aberdeen that we are able to attract individuals of such high calibre.

“Aberdeen is one of the few global asset managers to offer such a comprehensive range of investment capabilities from equities and fixed income through to property, alternatives and multi-asset portfolios.”