Columbia Threadneedle Investments announces the appointment of Kath Cates to the Board of Threadneedle Asset Management Holdings Sarl (effective 10 May) and the Board of Threadneedle Investment Services Limited (effective 29 March), as a Non- Executive Director.
Ms Cates is also a Non-Executive Director of RSA Insurance Group Plc, where she Chairs the Board Risk Committee and is a member of the Group Audit Committee and the Remuneration Committee. In addition, she is a Non-Executive Director of Brewin Dolphin, where she chairs the Board Risk Committee and is a member of the Group Audit Committee.
Ms Cates’ most recent executive role was Global Chief Operating Officer for Standard Chartered Bank, a position based in Singapore which she held until 2013. In this role she led the Risk, IT, Operations, Legal and Compliance, Human Resources, Strategy, Corporate Affairs, Brand and Marketing functions across 60 countries. Prior to joining Standard Chartered Bank, Ms Cates spent over 20 years at UBS, most recently in the Zurich-based role of Global Head of Compliance. For the previous 10 years she was based in Hong Kong, as APAC General Counsel and then as Regional Operating Officer.
Ms Cates earned a First Class Honours degree in Jurisprudence from Oxford University and qualified as a Solicitor in England & Wales before specialising in financial services.
Tim Gillbanks, Interim Regional Head, EMEA at Columbia Threadneedle Investments said: "I’m pleased to welcome Kath to Columbia Threadneedle. She brings valuable financial services experience particularly in the areas of risk management, governance and regulation and operational excellence. We look forward to working with Kath and to the benefit of her contribution to our business.”