We are pleased to announce the appointment of James Gunn as the head of our equities research team.
James, who joined Frontier four years ago, will take over the role being vacated by the retiring Fraser Murray effective 1 December. Fraser will leave Frontier at the end of the year.
Since joining Frontier, James has been a senior figure within our equity research practice, both domestically and globally. Prior to this, James had a further 15 years of equity markets experience, including direct equities experience, working as a buy-side analyst and in senior manager research roles with Standard and Poor’s and Aviva.
Fraser Murray, who has led Frontier’s equities team for exactly a decade, flagged his retirement intentions some months ago, allowing for a smooth transition of leadership.
In congratulating James on his promotion, Frontier CEO, Andrew Polson, was keen to laud Fraser for his time at Frontier.
“Fraser has been a wonderful member of our team and delivered outstanding analysis, insight and value for our clients. Having reached the ten-year mark at Frontier, and having already moved to three days working a week over the last couple of years, Fraser has decided now is the time for him to step away from the office and further toward his family and community.
“We’re sorry to see him go, but we are grateful for his contribution, the legacy he will leave in the way our research program operates across all sectors, and the way he has transparently worked with us over recent years toward this time,” Andrew said.
“At the same time, we are excited for James and the rest of the equities team, where Fraser has helped build strong capability and culture. Under James’ stewardship they are well placed to build on the fundamentals Fraser has instilled and take the research program forward with their own flavour.”
James has been one of our hardest-working researchers completing more manager meetings than any other person at Frontier over the last year. In his four years at Frontier he estimates he has personally met with well over 300 different funds management firms.
James is looking forward to the opportunity to build on his years of manager due diligence experience with a greater strategic and client focus.
“It’s been a privilege to work with Fraser over the last few years. We’ve developed a terrific team and have a really interesting and growing client base to work with. I know Frontier is highly regarded within the funds management community for the approach we take and I’m excited to continue that work with my colleagues,” he said.
Frontier has been building and positioning our equities team positively over recent years firstly with the addition of James, followed by other senior researchers in Adrian Hoe in 2019 and Simone Gavin in 2020. We are currently looking to add additional resourcing in light of this announcement.