Last updated: 07:47 / Friday, 10 July 2020
On October 1st

Hanneke Smits Will Take Over as CEO of BNY Mellon Investment Management after Mitchell Harris Retires

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  • Mitchell Harris, CEO of BNY Mellon Investment Management, has announced his intention to retire effective on October 1st
  • The company has appointed Hanneke Smits as new CEO of BNY Mellon Investment Management, and Catherine Keating will continue as CEO of BNY Mellon Wealth Management
  • “She has spearheaded Newton's business momentum and client-centric culture, and we look forward to her leadership within Investment Management”, said BNY Mellon’s CEO

The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation announced that Mitchell Harris, CEO of BNY Mellon Investment Management, which includes the Wealth and Investment Management businesses, has announced his intention to retire effective on October 1st. Consequently, the company has appointed Hanneke Smits as new CEO of BNY Mellon Investment Management, and Catherine Keating will continue in her role as CEO of BNY Mellon Wealth Management.

The corporation stated in a press release that both Smits and Keating will report to Todd Gibbons, CEO of BNY Mellon. Furthermore, Smits will join BNY Mellon's Executive Committee.

"Mitchell has been instrumental in driving our Investment Management business over the last four years as CEO and we wish him all the best in retirement. During a period of tremendous change in the investment landscape, he helped reposition our multi-boutique model and launch new investment capabilities, leaving us well positioned to meet the evolving investment needs of our clients," said Gibbons.

He also claimed that they are “delighted” to elevate Hanneke into the CEO role for Investment Management. “She has spearheaded Newton's business momentum and client-centric culture, and we look forward to her leadership within Investment Management. Mitchell has cultivated a strong bench of leaders, including Hanneke and Catherine, who will continue to drive the execution of our strategic priorities to deliver leading investment solutions to our clients underpinned by exceptional investment performance.”

Meanwhile Smits stated that she is “deeply honored” to serve as CEO of BNY Mellon Investment Management. “We have made great progress in building a diversified investment portfolio to help our clients achieve their investment goals. We will build on this strong foundation to continue to drive performance and innovation across our investment products, while also serving as a trusted partner for our clients in today's rapidly changing investment environment”, said Smits.

Smits will continue as CEO of Newton until October 1st and the company revealed a search is currently underway to replace her. Over the next several months, Harris will work closely with her and Keating to ensure a smooth transition of leadership.

Smits has been CEO of Newton Investment Management, a subsidiary of The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation, since August 2016. Her career spans close to three decades in financial services, including serving as a member of the Executive Committee at private equity firm Adams Street Partners from 2001 to 2014, and Chief Investment Officer from 2008 to 2014. Hanneke is a non-Executive Director to the Court of the Bank of England and serves on the board of the Investment Association.

In addition, she is Chair of Impetus, a venture philanthropy organization that supports charities that aim to transform the lives of disadvantaged young people, and as part of this appointment, she is Trustee of the Education Endowment Foundation, founded in 2011 by The Sutton Trust in partnership with Impetus. She is co-founder and former Chair of Level 20, a not-for-profit organization set up in 2015 to inspire women to join and succeed in the private equity industry. Originally from the Netherlands, Hanneke has a BBA from Nijenrode University and a MBA from the London Business School.

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