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Baillie Gifford veteran partner trio to retire

Baillie Gifford veteran partner trio to retire

Three of Baillie Gifford's veteran partners are stepping down from the firm. 

Japanese equity head Sarah Whitley (pictured), the firm's longest standing partner having spent 37 years with the business, is among those stepping down. She has managed the Baillie Gifford Japan trust since 2001.  

Bond fund manager Stephen Rodger and fixed income client service manager Ken Barker, are also retiring after 17 and 16 years respectively. 

All three will step down on 30 April 2018. 

Following Whitley's retirement, Matthew Brett will take over as lead portfolio manager of the Japan trust, supported by Praveen Kumar as deputy portfolio manager.

Brett will also continue to manage the Baillie Gifford Japanese fund, while Japan Growth manage Donald Farquharson becomes head of the Japanese team. 

Meanwhile Gregory Turnbull Schwartz will assume lead responsibility for all investment grade portfolios on Rodger's retirment and Robert Baltzer will continue as head of high yield. 

Commenting on the retirements, Baillie Gifford senior partner Andrew Telfer said: 'Sarah has generated excellent returns for clients over more than three decades and built a significant Japanese equities client base. We would like to thank her for her remarkable dedication to the firm.

'Our sincere thanks also go to Stephen Rodger and Ken Barker for their significant contributions over many years within our fixed income business.' 

'These retirements are part of the natural evolution of Baillie Gifford’s independent private partnership.' 

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