Fund management role

Ex-SLA comms chief reunited with old boss Gilbert

James Thorneley

James Thorneley: got the call

James Thorneley, former head of communications at Aberdeen Asset Management and Standard Life Aberdeen has been reunited with his old boss Martin Gilbert.

He has teamed up with the founder of AAM and former co-CEO at SLA in his new acquisitions vehicle AssetCo which has just completed its first big deal, acquiring Edinburgh-based Saracen Fund Managers.

Mr Thorneley spent the best part of 20 years providing the media service for Mr Gilbert at AAM and was appointed to run the comms team when it merged with Standard Life in 2017.

He left in November last year and considered working within a PR agency, or going in-house for another financial services company. 

He also kept in contact with his former employer “and have always appreciated his guidance”, he said.

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