J O Hambro internal candidate selected to replace departing head of trading

New desk head has previously worked at Lloyds Banking Group and Charles Stanley & Co.

Louis de Kock is set to depart J O Hambro Capital Management in the coming weeks, with Adam Simmons taking over as head of trading, The TRADE can reveal.

Simmons was previously a trader and TCA analyst, and will assume responsibilities from today, with de Kock remaining in his post to handover until his departure on 7 December, The TRADE understands.

De Kock has held the position since 2010 and his next role is so far unconfirmed. Speaking to his departure, a spokesperson for J O Hambro told The TRADE: “We can confirm that Louis de Kock will be leaving his role as head of trading at J O Hambro Capital Management […] He leaves with our best wishes for his future endeavours.”

Simmons previously held positions at Charles Stanley & Co. and Lloyds Banking Group, before joining J O Hambro in 2018.

He is among the twenty Rising Stars of Trading and Execution for 2023 named by The TRADE today, with presentations to be made at Leaders in Trading, Europe’s most popular awards event for the trading and execution industry on 8 November at The Savoy Hotel in London.

Read more – Leaders in Trading 2023: Key dates and information

Earlier this year, Perpetual Group – which owns J O Hambro – merged its existing regional asset management businesses to form one global division, led by a newly created role of chief executive of asset management. 

The group also includes the asset management bands: Perpetual, Pendal, Barrow Hanley, Regnan, Trillium and TSW.

At the time, the business confirmed that “there will be no further changes to the J O Hambro Capital Management executive committee with Andrew Parry remaining as head of investments. Our investment teams, processes and autonomy will remain completely unchanged and we remain focussed on supporting our clients achieve their investment goals.”