DWS appoints Jessica Hardman as Head of UK

DWS today announced the appointment of Jessica Hardman as Head of its UK-based operations. Jessica will perform this new function in addition to her existing role as Head of European Portfolio Management & Head of UK Real Estate Group.

With this appointment, Jessica will also become CEO for DWS Investments UK Ltd, subject to regulatory approvals, and will join DWS’s Global Leadership Team as well as its Investment Leadership Team, effective immediately.

Jessica has enjoyed a long and successful career at DWS, having joined Deutsche Bank in 2004 in its UK Real Estate Transactions team before progressing to become head of the unit from 2013-2017. Jessica became Head of European Portfolio Management and the UK Real Estate Group at DWS in 2017, where she has overseen global and European funds and international client Separately Managed Accounts strategies. Jessica is a Board Member and Company Director for DWS Global Alternatives Ltd and is a respected industry leader who is a champion for equality and diversity in the asset management industry in the UK and beyond.

In her expanded role, Jessica will oversee the strategic direction and operations of DWS’s UK footprint and will work directly with a diverse group of stakeholders, including clients and local regulators. Jessica is already an active ambassador for DWS’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion strategy, and will focus on further developing the impact of these efforts in this new role.

Jessica Hardman, Head of UK at DWS, commented: “The UK is not only one of the most important capital markets in the world, for DWS it is also a key location that provides access to a deep talent pool. With over 400 people working for DWS UK and with all principal investment capabilities represented here, the UK is a significant location for DWS. We are fully committed to furthering our growth aspirations in the UK market, as well as playing an important role in driving forward the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion debate in the UK”.


About DWS Group

DWS Group (DWS) with EUR 841bn of assets under management (as of 31 March 2023) aspires to be one of the world's leading asset managers. Building on more than 60 years of experience, it has a reputation for excellence in Germany, Europe, the Americas and Asia. DWS is recognized by clients globally as a trusted source for integrated investment solutions, stability and innovation across a full spectrum of investment disciplines.

We offer individuals and institutions access to our strong investment capabilities across all major liquid and illiquid asset classes as well as solutions aligned to growth trends. Our diverse expertise in Active, Passive and Alternatives asset management – as well as our deep environmental, social and governance focus – complement each other when creating targeted solutions for our clients. Our expertise and on-the-ground knowledge of our economists, research analysts and investment professionals are brought together in one consistent global CIO View, giving strategic guidance to our investment approach. 

DWS wants to innovate and shape the future of investing. We understand that, both as a corporate as well as a trusted advisor to our clients, we have a crucial role in helping navigate the transition to a more sustainable future. With approximately 4,400 employees in offices all over the world, we are local while being one global team. We are committed to acting on behalf of our clients and investing with their best interests at heart so that they can reach their financial goals, no matter what the future holds. With our entrepreneurial, collaborative spirit, we work every day to deliver outstanding investment results, in both good and challenging times to build the best foundation for our clients’ financial future.

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