Strengthening our core: Appointment of Ann Leepile as CEO of Alexander Forbes Investments

10 January 2022 Alexander Forbes Investments
Ann Leepile, CEO of Alexander Forbes Investments

Ann Leepile, CEO of Alexander Forbes Investments

The Alexander Forbes Investments business is the primary vehicle of the Alexander Forbes Group to grow and protect the wealth of its clients through its market-leading multi-management capability.

The investments business turns 25 years old this year and has consistently delivered exceptional performance to clients over this period due to its independence from asset managers, the rigor of its investment process and the expertise of its investment professionals. Alexander Forbes Investments currently is entrusted with more than R420 billion of clients’ savings, affirming its leadership position in the South African investment environment.

In line with its strategy of strengthening its core capabilities, Alexander Forbes is pleased to announce the appointment of Ann Leepile as Chief Executive Officer of Alexander Forbes Investments effective 1 February 2022.

Leepile has previously served as the Head of Global Manager Research and ultimately deputy Chief Investment Officer of Alexander Forbes Investments (formerly Investment Solutions), which gives her direct insight into the dynamics of the business and its clients. She joins Alexander Forbes after heading Absa Asset Management for six years during which she grew the business to one of the largest asset managers in SA.

With 20 years of experience in the investments industry, she is a CFA charter holder and has attended the Executive Women in Leadership Programme of the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Leepile is ideally placed to lead the next phase of growth for Alexander Forbes Investments given her deep technical expertise, understanding of the market and leadership track record. She will join the Alexander Forbes Group Executive Committee to ensure that investments continues to play a key role in the execution of the Group’s strategy.

The Alexander Forbes Investments executive team supporting Leepile will consist of:

Gyongyi King - Chief Investment Officer
Isaah Mhlanga - Executive Chief Economist
Donovan McKay - Head of Investment Products
Maria da Silva - Head of Investment Operations
Lisa Stott - Chief Financial Officer

Says Dawie de Villiers, CEO of Alexander Forbes, “Ann’s appointment sharpens our focus to deliver upon the immense potential that now exists within Alexander Forbes Investments to grow exponentially into the future as we leverage our transformative investment capabilities, institutional scale and market-leading membership base. This is an exciting phase for Alexander Forbes Investments and I look forward to the impact that the business will continue to make on the lives of our clients.

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