Ian Battye has retired from Russell Investments, after 16 years with the global asset management firm. A spokesperson says that Battye, who was based in Seattle, left the company in April.
At the time of his departure, Battye was the CIO for the firm’s currency business, responsible for a global team managing currency hedging and currency absolute return mandates for both internal funds and external client mandates. During his tenure, Battye worked in a number of different roles prior to this.
He initially joined the firm as director of currency implementation, based in Tacoma, where he was charged with establishing and managing the currency execution and currency management businesses.
Then in 2008, he was named managing director and CEO of Russell Implementation Services (RIS), which is responsible for all capital markets activity for Russell Investments globally, including exposure management, specialty asset management and execution management. In this role, Battye had direct responsibility for the delivery of investment outcomes for RIS clients globally and was accountable for all elements of the investment process, including portfolio management, quantitative analysis, execution services, middle office, sales, client service, legal and compliance. While working in this role, he operated out of both the firm’s London and Seattle offices.
Then in 2012, Battye was appointed as COO of Russell Investments, based permanently in Seattle. This position involved leading and managing various global functions including corporate marketing and communications, global technology and operations, global Web and human resources, as well as the global product committee and investment operations group. Between August 2016 and August 2017, he concurrently held the role of CMO to effect a significant redesign of the global marketing function.
He was appointed CIO of the firm’s currency implementation and management businesses in 2017.
Prior to joining Russell in 2013, Battye spent eight years at State Street. Initially based in Sydney, he was a vice president, responsible for institutional FX sales to clients in Asia, before transferring to the bank’s head office in Boston in a senior FX sales and advisory role.
Between 1993 and 1995, Battye worked at Dresdner Bank in Sydney as a vice president and associate director in an FX sales and advisory role servicing large Australian mining firms and financial services companies throughout Asia.
Before that, he spent over four years at National Australia Bank, working in Melbourne and Sydney to manage a team of FX sales associates and service the FX trading and management needs of major Australian corporations.