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Anne Richards

Chief Investment Officer & Head of EMEA RegionAberdeen Asset Management

One of today’s most successful and influential women in finance, Anne Richards, began her career as a research fellow at CERN, the European Organisation for Nuclear Research, in Geneva, moving into the investment world in 1992. She is a FN100 Women in Finance and a member of the Board of Leaders of 2020 Women on Boards.
 
In addition to her long-standing work at Aberdeen, Anne holds a number of valuable non-executive positions and actively encourages other women to consider board roles. She tells Heather Jackson how these roles have provided her with a unique portfolio of experiences including learning boardroom behaviour and how to challenge without being controversial. Anne talks about what makes a great leadership team in the 21st century and how she also has an incredible back up team at home, with a supportive husband and two children.
 

Official Biography

Anne is the Chief Investment Officer and head of the EMEA region for Aberdeen Asset Management, where she is also a main board director.  She began her career as a research fellow at CERN, the European Organisation for Nuclear Research, in Geneva, moving into the investment world in 1992.  Her career has included research analysis, portfolio management and global asset allocation, and includes time with JP Morgan and Mercury Asset Management, later MLIM.  In 2002 she joined the main board of Edinburgh Fund Managers plc as Chief Investment Officer and Joint Managing Director. She continued in her role as global Chief Investment Officer for the combined entity when EFM was taken over by Aberdeen Asset Management in 2003.
 
Anne graduated with a First Class Honours degree in Electronics and Electrical Engineering from the University of Edinburgh, and also holds an MBA from INSEAD, Fontainbleau, France.  She is a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment, and holds a Certified Diploma in Accounting and Finance (ACCA).  She has been a FN100 Women in Finance, Funds Awards Europe European Chief Investment Officer 2012 and a member of the Board of Leaders of 2020 Women on Boards, a US organisation dedicated to increasing the proportion of women on corporate boards.
 
Anne also holds a number of non-executive positions, including the insurance company eSure, the University of Edinburgh, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and the Duchy of Lancaster.

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