Liddle new chairman at Allan Gray

Ian Liddle

Portfolio managers, Allan Gray announced this week it has appointed Ian Liddle as its new Chairman following the death of Simon Marais, who passed away on 26 February.

With Liddle’s appointment as Chair, Andrew Lapping has been promoted to Deputy Chief Investment Officer.
“With Simon’s passing we have the sad but important task of filling his role on the Allan Gray board,” said Rob Dower, Chief Operating Officer of Allan Gray. “Ian is a well-prepared and worthy successor to Simon as Chair. As our investors expect, the Allan Gray group remains very focused on helping clients to make the most of their investments.”
Liddle (41) joined Allan Gray in 2001 as an equity analyst after several years as a management consultant and has held the role of chief investment officer (CIO) since early 2008. He holds a Bachelor of Business Science from the University of Cape Town (UCT) and is also a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charter holder and director of Allan Gray. He has been managing a portion of Allan Gray clients’ equity and balanced portfolios since January 2005 when he was appointed as a portfolio manager.
Lapping (37), who holds Bachelor of Science (Engineering) and Bachelor of Commerce degrees from UCT, and is a CFA charter holder, started out at Allan Gray in 2001 as a fixed interest trader before moving to the research team as an equity analyst in February 2003. He was appointed fixed interest portfolio manager in June 2006 and in February 2008 took on the additional responsibility of managing a portion of Allan Gray clients’ equity and balanced portfolios. Lapping is expected to succeed Liddle as Chief Investment Officer in March 2016.