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JPMAM’s Thompson to replace Garrood as Henderson CFO

Henderson Group has named JP Morgan Asset Management global chief operating officer Roger Thompson as its new chief financial officer after Shirley Garrood announced her retirement.

Thompson will take over the role on 1 July when Garrood stands down as CFO and director after 12 years with the asset manager. She plans to leave the group in March 2014.

Henderson chairman Rupert Pennant-Rea says: “Shirley has had an extensive career with the group, the majority of it as chief operating officer and latterly as chief finance officer.

“It was especially in her capacity as CFO that she demonstrated her years of City experience by successfully managing most of the support functions in the group including finance, tax, IT and operations, human resources, legal, IR and strategy and company secretariat. Shirley has made an outstanding contribution to the business and we wish her well.

“In his 19-year career at JP Morgan, Roger has held a broad range of roles and has worked internationally, spending time in Tokyo, Singapore and Hong Kong. His wide-ranging asset management experience, both in the UK and internationally, will be a great asset to the group.”

Bestinvest managing director for business development and communications Jason Hollands says: “Shirley Garrood’s tenure at Henderson has been an eventful one for a chief financial officer with the integrations of New Star in 2009 and Gartmore in 2011, the shifting of the group’s tax residency back to the UK from Ireland and its recent cost reduction programme.”

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