Aviva Investors appoints Jill Barber as Global Head of Distribution

by | Jul 18, 2023

Aviva Investors, the global asset management business of Aviva plc, has appointed Jill Barber as Global Head of Distribution. She will join the business later this year subject to regulatory approval.

Jill will lead the teams across Aviva Investors responsible for Aviva Client, Institutional and Wealth sales activity in the UK, Europe, Asia and North America. She will also oversee Client Experience, Strategy and Planning, and Investment and Client Communications.  

She will join from GAM Investments, where she has held the role of Global Head of Institutional Solutions since November 2020. In a career spanning 25 years in investment management, Jill has also held senior roles at Jupiter Asset Management, Franklin Templeton Investments, Hermes Fund Management and Fidelity International.

Jill will succeed Louise Kay, who has decided to retire at the end of this year after three decades in the investment industry. Louise will continue to lead the distribution function until Jill’s arrival.

Mark Versey, CEO of Aviva Investors, said: 

“I am delighted to have attracted someone of Jill’s calibre to Aviva Investors. Her proven leadership skills and track record of delivering commercial growth, as well as her executive committee and board-level experience, make her an excellent addition to my leadership team and our business.

“I would also like to thank Louise Kay who has provided invaluable support to me over many years and driven the client-led agenda across the business and wish her the best for her retirement.”

Jill Barber said: 

“I am delighted to be joining Aviva Investors and look forward to contributing to its future growth. The business is uniquely placed to positively enact change and enhance client outcomes through its longstanding commitment to sustainable investment across real assets and public markets.”

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