Baillie Gifford names Tom Slater head of US equities

Slater takes on the role from interim head of US equities Gary Robinson.

Business-General-Handshake-Hire-Appointment-700x450.jpgBaillie Gifford has appointed Tom Slater as head of US equities.

Slater takes on the role from Gary Robinson who has been interim head of the North American team since Mick Brewis retired in May 2014. Robinson will continue to hold a leading role within the team.

Slater, who joined Baillie Gifford in 2000, is deputy manager of the £3.6bn Scottish Mortgage Investment trust since 2009 and will continue to jointly manage the trust with James Anderson.

Charles Plowden, joint senior partner at Baillie Gifford, says: “Tom Slater’s appointment underlines our commitment to building a world class North American equities team and will also ensure this group maintains close ties with our global strategies.”

Last week Baillie Gifford announced John MacDougall, manager of the Japanese Smaller Companies fund and Shin Nippon investment trust, will be replaced by Praveen Kumar in December. Kumar is currently an investment manager in the Baillie Gifford Japanese equities team.

MacDougall is moving to a global equities role within the long term global growth team.