LONDON Alastair Ross Goobey, a London-based fund manager who was CEO of Hermes Pensions Management from 1993 to 2001, died Feb. 2 after a long illness, according to a company announcement. He was 62. His career included stints as a director of Geoffrey Morley and Partners (now Aviva PLC) and chief strategist at James Capel, a brokerage firm. He also held several non-executive roles, including chairman of Hermes Focus Asset Management; senior adviser at Morgan Stanley; governor of the Wellcome Trust, the world's largest medical research charity; and chairman of Invista Real Estate Investment Management.
He was an inspirational business leader who transformed the field of corporate governance in the U.K., resulting in a dramatic improvement in the way in which quoted businesses are run, from which anyone who has or will have a pension will benefit, Rupert Clarke, current CEO of Hermes, said in the announcement. His intelligence, insight, knowledge and above all his warmth and kindness will be missed.
Duncan Owen, CEO of Invista, said in a separate company release: Alastair was a leading figure in the fund management industry and his wealth of experience was invaluable to Invista and its board during the company's launch and subsequent development. He achieved so much during his varied career that it is difficult to draw particular attention to some strengths over and above others.
Mr. Ross Goobey is survived by his wife, Sarah, and two children. Information on funeral arrangements and memorial services was not immediately available.