Hermes Pensions Management Limited

Hermes Pensions Management Limited

October 27, 2005 05:48 ET

Hermes Announces Mark Anson, CIO CalPERS, to Succeed Tony Watson

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(CCNMatthews - Oct. 27, 2005) - Hermes Pensions Management Limited (Hermes) announces that Mark J P Anson, the Chief Investment Officer of the California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPers), will succeed Tony Watson as Chief Executive of Hermes, when Mr Watson retires at the end of January 2006.

Richard Bernays, Chairman of Hermes, said:

"I'm delighted that Mark is joining us. He is a well known and highly respected figure, of international stature, in the world of fund management and corporate governance.

He has the ability to think strategically; he has built a team at CalPERS which has delivered outstanding investment performance; and he has driven the organisation forward into new asset classes and he has built up a significant number of 3rd party mandates.

He will bring a different perspective to Hermes, to build on the excellent work undertaken by Tony and his team to date."

Mark Anson said:

"Hermes has a huge reputation and outstanding people and I'm delighted to be joining such a successful and dynamic team."

Notes to Editors attached.

Mark Anson

Mark Anson is the Chief Investment Officer for CalPERS, which he joined in 1999.

He is a qualified Attorney, Certified Public Accountant, Chartered Financial Analyst, and Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst, as well as author of numerous works on investment management.

He has served on Advisory and Executive Committees for the New York Stock Exchange as well as a number of international, corporate governance bodies.

Previous appointments included Oppenheimer Funds inc (1996 - 1999), Salomon Brothers (1994 - 1996) and Chapman and Cutler Schiff, Hardin and Waite (1989 - 1994).

He is an alumnus of Columbia University, New York and the Northwestern University School of Law, Chicago

Mark is married with two children and he and his family will be relocating to the UK.


The California Public Employees' Retirement System provides retirement, health, and other pension benefit services to more than 1.4 million members and more than 2,500 California public employers and is the third largest in the world, with assets totalling $194.6 billion at July 31, 2005.


Hermes is a leading pension fund investment manager, independent of any broader financial services organisation. Hermes currently invests over Pound Sterling 58bn (as at 30/09/05) on behalf of over 220 clients including pension funds, insurance companies, government entities and financial institutions, as well as charities and endowments. However, Hermes' largest client is the BT Pension Scheme (BTPS), who as owner of Hermes, gives its investment management perspective a unique insight and close alignment to the needs of other long-term investors and pension funds.

Contact Information

  • Hermes
    Richard Bernays
    France: +33 4 6789 7793
    Mobile: +44 (0) 7771 660 756
    Tony Watson
    Chief Executive
    Office: +44 (0) 20 7680 2388
    Home: +44 (0) 1279 812381
    Mobile: +44 (0) 7711 195 381
    Sir Tim Chessells
    Office: +44 (0) 20 7680 2136
    Mobile: +44 (0) 7889 289 172
    Chris Matthews
    Office: + 44 (0) 20 7357 9477
    Nick Denton
    Office: + 44 (0) 20 7357 9477