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Fidelity’s Head Of Asset Management Departs

Sandra Kilhof

24 January 2014

Ronald O’Hanley, head of asset management at US firm Fidelity Investments, is stepping down after less than four years in the role, the firm said in two internal memos that WealthBriefing has gained access to.

Confirming O’Hanley’s departure, a note to employees from president Abigail Johnson revealed that plans to replace O’Hanley with an internal successor, who will be named in the coming weeks. O’Hanley, in a separate memo, said he plans to spend more time with his family and non-profit organizations, before considering a new professional challenge.

“On reflection, the time is right for me to move on,” O’Hanley said, adding that ultimately, he “will pursue other professional challenges, though I have not yet begun to think through that chapter”.

O’Hanley has already begun working closely with the CEO of Fidelity’s family office, the Crosby Group, Geoff von Kuhn, to transition the corporate services functions. The memos added that O’Hanley will depart the firm by the end of February and will over the next month be working to ensure a smooth handoff to the new leader of asset management.

O’Hanley joined Fidelity in 2010 from Bank of New York Mellon, where he also oversaw money management. He was hired at a time when Fidelity was struggling to recover from the 2008 financial crisis and investors fled the firm’s actively managed stock funds.

“Having achieved much of what he intended to do, Ron has decided that it’s now time for him to move on. Ron has effectively led the globalization of our investment team, driven solid investment performance across asset classes, built influential stakeholder relationships, and launched innovative advancements to existing and new products,” said Johnson when commenting on the departure.

O’Hanley’s departure comes only days after another high profile departure from a US asset manager, as the chief executive of PIMCO, Mohamed El-Erian, said he is leaving the Allianz asset management subsidiary to become an advisor to the parent company instead. Read more on that story, here.

As of 31 October 2013, Boston-headquartered Fidelity managed $1.7 trillion.