As head of UK sales leading a team of nine, Barry will be responsible for selling Legg Mason’s actively managed equity, fixed income and alternative funds domiciled in the UK and Dublin.
He was previously a senior relationship manager and head of UK asset manager sales at JP Morgan Asset Management during a 20-year career with the firm.
Barry will be based in London and report to Justin Eede, head of Europe and Americas distribution at Legg Mason.
Barry said he was looking forward to working with Eede and the team and added: “Providing global investors with choice and offering compelling, actively managed solutions is key in an environment characterised by increased geopolitical and financial market uncertainty.
“Legg Mason’s affiliate model, which is designed to harness a diverse range of skills and solutions across a suite of independent, entrepreneurially minded asset managers, is uniquely placed to deliver investment excellence.”
Eede added: “Investors are increasingly looking for us to provide investment solutions and deeper insight into how to combine strategies to achieve their goals.
“Alex’s excellent reputation and extensive experience in growing and servicing key client relationships will be invaluable to Legg Mason as we look to expand the investment choices we deliver to our intermediary clients across the UK.
“We look forward to welcoming him on board.”