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Ignis appoints Eric Stobart and David Watts as non-executive directors

Ignis Asset Management has appointed Eric Stobart and David Watts as non-executive directors.

On the board, Stobart will chair the audit and risk committee and Watts (pictured) will chair the investment committee.
Stobart currently holds non-executive roles at Throgmorton Trust, Utilico Investments and Capita Managing Agency and senior trustee positions on the pension schemes of Lloyds Banking Group, Anglian Water, Dixons Store Group and Lloyd’s of London. He began his professional career at Coopers & Lybrand and latterly worked for what is now Lloyds Banking Group from 1977 to 2008. At Lloyds Banking Group, Stobart held various senior positions including chief executive of Hill Samuel Bank and latterly director of public policy and regulation.
Watts began his professional career at Phillips & Drew in 1971 before moving to Gartmore in 1979, where he spent the remainder of his professional career. At Gartmore, he held various senior management positions including the role of chief investment officer and latterly the role of joint chief executive from 1996 until his retirement in 1999. Watts is currently a non-executive director at JP Morgan Fleming Income & Growth Investment Trust and has previously held non-executive directorships at Martin Currie Investment Management, Investec High Income Trust, Merchant Navy Ratings Pension Fund, Key Asset Management and AXA UK.
Chairman Clive Bannister says: “I am delighted that Eric and David have agreed to join the board of Ignis Asset Management. They have both had illustrious careers in financial services and will bring a wealth of commercial experience and insight to Ignis.” 
Stobart says: “I am most enthused to be joining the board of Ignis and I look forward to supporting the development of the business over the coming years.”

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