Fidelity CEO Abigail Johnson to Succeed Father as Chairman
Fidelity Investments Chairman Edward C. Johnson III said in an internal memo sent Monday that his daughter, CEO Abigail Johnson, will succeed him as chairman of the financial-services firm, according to published reports. Abigail will unify the two positions, while Johnson III becomes “chairman emeritus.” Periodically, he will consult with his daughter and the board of directors.
In the memo, Johnson III described the move as a “natural progression of Abby’s 28-year career at Fidelity.” Abigail joined Fidelity Investments as a fund manager in the late 1980s before climbing to the rank of CEO in 2014.
Johnson III joined the firm in 1957 and took charge as chairman in 1977. Looking forward, Johnson III says he has never been more convinced of the company’s strength than now.
“As I step back from my management duties, I think it is appropriate to pause and reflect on where we stand as a company. Throughout Fidelity’s long history of growth, our dual commitments to our customers and to innovation have served us well. By investing in technology and using the kaizen method of continuous improvement, we have built a strong brand, industry-leading positions and multiple profitable businesses.
“While we have enjoyed much success, evolving customer preferences and new regulatory requirements are transforming the investment management industry. However, we are prepared to seize the opportunities in this changing, competitive landscape. I have never felt more confident about Fidelity’s future than I do now.”
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“At AB, we’ve worked hard to innovate for our clients and deliver a set of services that perform well across market cycles,” says Robert Keith, head of AB’s Global Client Group. “John is a leader with an impressive track-record in building memorable, global financial brands through cutting-edge marketing strategies to both retail and institutional audiences. We’ll harness these strengths to serve clients more effectively as we look to expand our presence in key markets and verticals.”
Prior to joining AB, Greer spent 16 years with Franklin Templeton Investments, where he spent more than 16 years in executive-marketing roles including head of U.S. retail marketing, head of global marketing division, and chief marketing officer. He also led advancements in the firm’s digital marketing efforts, and led the establishment of the firm’s global product development committee. He co-chaired that division for several years. Furthermore, Greer served as chair of the Global Brand Committee. Prior to joining Franklin Templeton Investments, Greer spent nearly two decades in direct marketing and advertising.
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