M&G confirms double veteran departure

M&G veteran fund manager Richard Hughes is to retire in March next year, while Aled Smith is stepping down from running the M&G Global Leaders Fund in April.

Hughes, manager of the £652m M&G UK income Fund since launch in 2002, has been with the firm for 31 years. In that time he has also managed the M&G Recovery Fund (between 1987 and 2000), the M&G UK Smaller Companies Fund (from 1988 to 1992) and the M&G Charifunds between 2001 and 2016.

Smith meanwhile, has been at M&G for 17 years, running the £526m Global Leaders Fund since 2002 and being responsible for co-founding the group’s global equities team with Graham French, the former manager of M&G Global Basics Fund.

In a statement M&G said successors to Hughes and Smith will be announced in due course.

Anne Richards, chief executive at M&G, said: “Richard has been a stellar example of utter commitment to the best interests of his end investors in everything he does. A wise, astute fund manager and a fantastic colleague, he will be greatly missed when he retires.”

Graham Mason, chief investment officer for equities, multi-asset and retail fixed interest, said Smith will also be much missed “not least by the many fund managers and analysts who have benefitted from [his] encouragement and mentoring at the start of their careers”.

Meanwhile, separate to the two departures M&G also announced that to support the growth of its £327m Global Recovery Fund, Randeep Somel will become deputy manager to David Williams with immediate effect.

As a result Richard Halle will replace Somel as deputy fund manager of the M&G Global Themes Fund, supporting fund manager Jamie Horvat.

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