Last updated: 08:31 / Wednesday, 28 August 2019
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Dick Weil, Named Sole CEO of Janus Henderson Group

Dick Weil, Named Sole CEO of Janus Henderson Group
  • Andrew Formica has agreed to continue on as an advisor to assist with final integration efforts through the end of the year
  • The company plans to take a severance charge of 12 million dollars
  • Phil Wagstaff, Global Head of Distribution, will leave the company in six months

Dick Weil is now the solo Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Janus Henderson Group. In this role, he is responsible for the strategic direction and overall day-to-day management of the firm. He also leads the firm’s Executive Committee. Prior to this, Weil was Chief Executive Officer of Janus, a position he had held since joining the firm in 2010. Weil spent 15 years with PIMCO. He has 23 years of financial industry experience.

According to the company, while not an easy decision, due to having two highly qualified candidates, the CEO decision was based on a very rigorous process over several months, supported by expert advice from external consultants. "This decision was made with the full support of the Board, and the Board believes Dick is most appropriate to take Janus Henderson to the next level," they mentioned in their earnings release.

“Now that our integration plans are significantly progressed, our Board has determined that the co-CEO structure has achieved its goals, and now is the appropriate time for Janus Henderson to be led once again by a sole CEO. Dick brings a breadth of skills and experience from prior roles in his career where he successfully led organisations through challenge and change”, said Richard Gillingwater, Chairman of the Janus Henderson Group plc Board.

The Board wishes to thank Andrew Formica for his tremendous leadership over the past 10 years, and especially for the dedication and collaboration he has demonstrated since announcement of our merger. While Andrew will resign his co-CEO role and Board seat effective immediately, he has agreed to continue on as an advisor to assist with final integration efforts through the end of the year”.

Commenting on his appointment as sole CEO, Dick Weil said: “I am honored and excited to have the opportunity to lead Janus Henderson. We have established a strong platform from which Janus Henderson can continue to drive deeper client relationships”.

Andrew Formica added: “It has been a pleasure to work with Dick in the creation and formation of Janus Henderson this past year. I am also proud of what we achieved at Henderson over the 10 years I was CEO. Janus Henderson is an outstanding business with a fantastic and talented workforce. I wish Dick and the team the very best going forward”. In connection with the Board’s decision, the firm will take a severance charge of approximately US$12 million, including the acceleration of long-term incentive compensation, that will be reflected in the third quarter results.

Phil Wagstaff, Global Head of Distribution, has decided that now is the right time to take a career break, given that the integration work is significantly progressed and the distribution team is well in place. Phil will work closely with Dick Weil over the next 6 months to ensure a full and smooth transition. Commenting on Phil Wagstaff’s departure, Richard Gillingwater said: “Phil has been instrumental in the development of our global distribution team, first at Henderson following the acquisition of Gartmore and then with the merger of Janus and Henderson, where he has played a key role in welding the two distribution teams together, creating a world-class distribution organisation. We are grateful for all Phil’s efforts”.