Wilson was appointed CEO of F&C in January 2013, becoming CEO of BMO Global AM as a result of the Canadian firm’s takeover of F&C.
Wilson has held a number of senior positions at F&C including head of equities and head of investment and institutional before getting the nod to become CEO.
He began his asset management career in 1988 as a UK equity manager with HSBC Asset Management then in 1993 moved to Deutsche Asset Management. From there, he joined Gartmore Investment Management in 2003, then on to F&C in 2004.
Gilles Ouellette, group head, wealth management at BMO Financial Group said: “We’re pleased to appoint Richard Wilson as CEO and CIO of BMO Global Asset Management. His 30 years of experience in asset management and track record of developing innovative products, building high performance teams and delivering outstanding client service has been a tremendous asset for BMO. BMO Global Asset Management continues to be a critical part of our overall wealth management business and by leveraging our strong investment capabilities and broad distribution network, we’re confident in our growth strategy.”
“I am very pleased to be taking over the helm at BMO Global Asset Management, which is well positioned for growth,” added Wilson. “I am confident we will deliver strong results, outstanding client solutions and market leading performance.”
BMO Global AM has a presence in 16 countries with assets under management of over £160bn.