Chief Executive Officer
The Global CIO Office
Gary Dugan is the Chief Executive Officer of Purple Asset Management. Prior to this, he was the Chief Investment Officer (CIO) for Emirates NBD Wealth Management, responsible for setting out the investment views for clients of Wealth Management. From 2009-12, Gary served as CIO & Acting General Manager for Emirates NBD, Private Banking and returned to Emirates NBD this year, 2016. Gary until recently was the CIO at the National Bank of Abu Dhabi and prior to that worked as the CIO for Coutts international in Singapore. In 2015 he was awarded GCC Private Banker of the year by Wealth Briefing. Gary Dugan was previously Managing Director and Chief Investment Officer for Global Wealth Management in EMEA Merrill Lynch from 2007-09. Building on his 25-year career in the City in the newly created role of Chief Investment Officer, he provided investment leadership to both the discretionary and advisory businesses. In 2008, he was highlighted by Wealth Briefing as one of the ‘faces to watch’ in the Wealth Industry. In 2009 he came second in an EMEA wide poll of the wealth industry for investor of the year. Gary joined Merrill Lynch from Barclays Wealth where he was Managing Director and Head of Research and Investment Strategy. During his time with Barclays, he was responsible for restructuring a variety of investment products and businesses including the multi-manager product which has become the largest in the UK and second largest in Europe. From 1993 to 2004, Gary worked for JPMorgan. He was a Managing Director and Global Markets strategist for JPMorgan Institutional Investment Management and the Private Bank. He was responsible in the private banking business for presenting the firm’s macro market views to clients as well as views on sectors and individual stocks. He also served the clients of JPMorgan Asset Management as Global equity market strategist and head of the Equity and Global Balanced investment teams. Gary and his team won an award from S&P in 2003 for the best Global Balanced Group in Europe. In 1998 Gary was asked by the European Parliament to present his views on the impact of the Euro on the investment portfolios. He has a degree in Economics from Salford University. He is an associate of the UK Society of Investment Professionals, a member of the CFA Institute. His views are widely quoted in the financial media. He has spoken at investment conferences throughout Europe, the Middle East and Asia. In 2004 one of his academic articles on strategic asset allocation was published.