Wells Fargo Asset Management (WFAM) has been rebranded as Allspring Global Investments following its acquisition by GTCR and Reverence Capital Partners.
As part of the transition, industry veteran Joseph Sullivan has been named CEO of the Allspring, in addition to his previously announced role as executive chairman.
Sullivan will replace current WFAM CEO Nico Marais, who is set to exit upon closing of the transaction.
Marais will continue to serve Allspring as a senior advisor.
Commenting on the development, Sullivan said: “I am honoured and energised to have the opportunity to lead Allspring, as we enter a new era for the firm.
“In spending time with Nico and the organization over the past few months, I have been incredibly impressed by the depth of investment expertise and quality of our people and leadership.
“Our new name truly embodies a renewed corporate culture and commitment to continue to invest thoughtfully and partner with our clients to navigate the future.”
Sullivan, who has over 40 years of experience in the industry, was chairman and CEO of Legg Mason from 2012 until its acquisition by Franklin Templeton last year.
Prior to that, he served on the board of directors of Stifel Financial and as executive vice-president and head of fixed income capital markets for Stifel Nicolaus.
Early in his career, Sullivan worked at several prominent financial firms including Legg Mason Wood Walker, Dain Bosworth, and Piper Jaffray.