Michael O’Brien

Mike currently has a number of roles. He is a NED on the Carne Group Board in Dublin and on the Abrdn Group Board in London. He is also a special advisor to both Osmosis Investment Management and s64 Capital Innovation in London.

Up until May 2020, Mike O’Brien was the Global co-head of the Asset Management Solutions business for JP Morgan Asset Management based in New York. In his role as co-head of AM Solutions, O’Brien was responsible for the firm’s multi-asset, retirement and pensions, and insurance advisory businesses globally.

Prior to this, as CEO of JP Morgan Asset Management EMEA, O’Brien partnered with the global investment business and function heads to develop the business priorities in EMEA. A key area of his responsibility was to ensure the firm remained in line with the regulatory requirements and within a framework of appropriate risk management. O’Brien was also a director of the firm’s principle legal entities and funds boards in Europe. Up until 2014, he was responsible for the firm’s Global Institutional Business. An employee since 2010, he was a member of the J.P. Morgan Asset & Wealth Management Operating Committee, as well as the Asset Management Operating Committee.

Previously he worked at BlackRock / BGI where he was Head of Institutional Business for EMEA. During his decade-long tenure at BGI and then BlackRock, he led a team of institutional client advisors responsible for some of the firm’s largest clients located across 12 regional markets. During his career he has worked at Towers Perrin (now Willis Towers Watson) for 14 years, where he oversaw their U.K. and European investment consulting practice, managing all aspects of pension planning financial management, and developing new products and service offerings, such as pension financial risk modeling for U.K. and U.S. corporations. O’Brien holds a bachelor’s degree in Applied Mathematics from Limerick University in Ireland. He is an actuary (FIA) and a CFA Charterholder and is an advisor to both the Investment Committee of the U.K.’s Pension Protection Fund and the internal investment team at Coal Pension Trust.

He is married with two teenagers and lives in St Albans, UK. His interests include cycling, running and golf.