New global co-heads for Martin Currie distribution


Kimon Kouryialas, a long-time marketer at Martin Currie and before that at its multi-affiliate parent, Legg Mason, has been promoted from head of distribution for Asia Pacific to co-head of global distribution, alongside Mel Bucher, who previously headed up distribution for North America.

The appointments follow that of Julian Ide as Martin Currie’s chief executive earlier this year. He was previously global head of distribution but took over from Willie Watt this year, who has retired from executive functions but remains chairman at Martin Currie, based in Edinburgh.

In their new distribution roles, Kouryialas, who will continue to be based in Melbourne, takes on new responsibility for pan-Asia and the Middle East. Bucher takes on new responsibility for UK and European distribution as well as the broader Americas.

Ide said in a statement last week: “Martin Currie is a global business with clients on four continents, a growing presence in the US and a leading position in Australia, where we have a blue-chip institutional client base as well as market-leading income capabilities.

“Our investment performance has been exceptional across the board and it is an exciting time to promote Kimon and Mel to their new roles as we seek to grow and develop the business globally, with a particular focus on retail.

“Martin Currie has an exciting strategy for growth, which has been recognized in some major institutional wins in 2019. Mel and Kimon have been instrumental in this success. I am certain that they will make even greater contributions in their new roles.”

– G.B.