Janus Henderson Group plc announced that its Board of Directors has unanimously appointed Ali Dibadj as Chief Executive Officer of the Company effective no later than 27 June 2022.
Ali Dibadj succeeds Dick Weil, who, as previously announced, will retire as CEO and a member of the Board as of 31 March 2022. Effective 1 April 2022, the Board has appointed Roger Thompson, Chief Financial Officer (CFO), to serve as Interim CEO until Mr Dibadj joins JHG.
To assist in an orderly transfer of responsibilities, Mr Weil will serve as an adviser to the Company through 30 June 2022. Ali Dibadj, 46, joins the Company from AllianceBernstein Holding L.P. where he has served as CFO & Head of Strategy since February 2021.
Ali brings industry expertise to Janus Henderson Group
Ali Dibadj previously served as AB’s Head of Finance and Head of Strategy from April 2020 to February 2021. He co-led AB’s Strategy Committee in 2019 and served as a senior research analyst with Bernstein Research Services from 2006 to 2020, a period during which he was ranked as the number one analyst twelve times by Institutional Investor.
Prior to joining AB, he spent almost a decade in management consulting, including at McKinsey & Company and Mercer. Mr Dibadj holds a Bachelor of Science in engineering sciences from Harvard College and a Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School.
Richard Gillingwater, Chairman of the Board of Directors, said, “We are very excited to announce the appointment of Ali Dibadj as the Company’s next Chief Executive Officer.”
“As part of our CEO transition planning, we conducted an extensive internal and external search to identify an executive who both understands our business and has the necessary expertise to help drive the firm’s next phase of growth to benefit of clients and shareholders.”
“The Board is confident that Ali Dibadj is the perfect choice to help meet our mission goals as well as lead this great company into its next phase of growth and value creation.”
Ali Dibadj said, “I am delighted to join Janus Henderson and look forward to having the opportunity to lead such a talented group of professionals at a vital time for the Company.”
“I have long admired Janus Henderson’s commitment to deliver for its customers with investment and servicing excellence. The executive team, the Board, and I look forward to identifying, expediting, and capturing growth and innovation that creates value for our customers, employees, shareholders, communities, and all stakeholders.”
Janus Henderson hires Roger Thompson as interim CEO
Mr Gillingwater added, “On behalf of the Board, I also want to extend my appreciation to Roger Thompson for stepping into the role of Interim CEO during this important period of transition. Roger is representative of the deep bench of talent we have at Janus Henderson.”
“We thank Dick Weil for his leadership over the years and wish him all the best in his well-deserved retirement.” Mr Dibadj is also expected to join the Board after he begins work.