Roger Gray, Chief Investment Officer at Universities Superannuation Scheme Limited (USS), has been recognised with an Investor Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2016 Institutional Investor European Awards.
Roger Gray said:
“I am honoured to receive this award from Institutional Investor and grateful for the encouragement. Receiving this award in the midst of building the investment programme here at USS is a bit like being named man-of-the-match part way through the second half. At USS we have implemented an investment approach which is quite unique in the UK, enabling my team to invest across traditional and alternative asset classes. This was demonstrated in last year’s acquisition of Moto, an investment spanning property, infrastructure and retail business. We continue to seek investment opportunities able to deliver the returns to meet the scheme’s long term inflation-linked liabilities.”
Bill Galvin, Group Chief Executive Officer said:
“We are privileged to have a real talent of the investment world leading that part of our business and I am delighted he has been recognised by the industry for his achievements. Since his arrival and then the creation of USS Investment Management in 2012, Roger has built a business that is given substantial autonomy in investment decision making, and has delivered exceptional investment outperformance, generating more than £2.2bn of additional value for our members over a five year rolling period.”
Roger was appointed Chief Investment Officer of USS in September 2009 and became the Chief Executive of the wholly-owned investment management subsidiary of USS Investment Management Ltd, when it was established in October 2012. He was previously Chief Investment Officer for Hermes Fund Managers, Global Head of Asset Allocation and Currency for UBS Global Asset Management, CEO/CIO for UBS Asset Management Switzerland and CIO at Rothschild Asset Management. He has an MA from Oxford University in Philosophy, Politics and Economics and an AM in Economics from Harvard University. At Harvard, he was a teaching fellow in International Trade and Finance and Commodities and Securities markets.
For almost 50 years, Institutional Investor has recognised people and firms for their excellence in institutional investing, financial services and corporate management. The European Awards recognise European institutional investors whose innovative strategies and fiduciary accomplishments have resulted in impressive returns, as well as money managers and corporations that have delivered exceptional performance.
Roger collected the award at a dinner ceremony held in London on 15 June 2016.