James Thornton currently serving as Chairman at Swiss Life Asset Managers UK will step down from his role with effect on 30 April 2024.

Swiss Life Asset Managers UK has announces that its Chairman and former CEO, James Thornton will stand down as of 30 April 2024 and leave the business.

James co-founded the business, orginally Mayfair Capital Investment Management, in 2002 and oversaw its sale to Swiss Life Asset Managers in 2016. Today the business managed £2 billion assets under management, comprised of the Property Income Trust for Charities as well as various other funds.

James Thornton comments: "It is approaching 8 years since we became part of the Swiss Life Asset Managers. The business is now fully integrated following last year's name change to Swiss Life Asset Managers UK. The time has come to see other opportunities in the industry, and I would like to thank and acknowledge the tremendous support I have received from all my colleagues in the UK and in Zurich. In Swiss Life Asset Managers, we found a likeminded partner with a long commitment to investing in real estate. It has been a fabulous 22 years and I wish the business all the very best for the future."

Per Erikson adds: "We are grateful to James for the trust and partnership as well as his decidation over the last years. On behalf of the Executive Committee, I would like to thank James for his valuable contribution to the success story of Swiss Life Asset Managers UK and wish him continued success in his future endeavors."

A successor for the Chairman role will be announced in due course.


Stephanie Ross
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Imogen Cromack
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