Columbia Threadneedle’s Stephen Thornber passes away

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Stephen Thornber, manager of the Threadneedle Global Equity Income fund, has passed away.

Thornber joined Columbia Threadneedle at the company’s inception in 1994 and ran the £1.9bn Global Equity Income strategy since its launch in 2007 as well as heading up the energy sector research team.

Mark Burgess, CIO EMEA and global head of equities at Columbia Threadneedle, says: “Stephen was a talented investor, a true professional and a gentleman. He was a terrific influence on people across the whole firm and will be remembered by his colleagues and clients with warmth, affection and great respect.

“He has been part of our investment team from the start, and I speak on behalf of the whole firm in expressing our deep sadness at his passing.”

The Threadneedle Global Equity Income fund will be managed by deputy manager Jonathan Crown, who joined Columbia Threadneedle in 2005 and has been deputy since 2011. Thornber’s other portfolio responsibilities will be shared among senior members of the global equities team under the leadership of William Davies.