Industry Analysis

The evolving role of the chief operating officer


What qualities do you need to succeed?

Aradhna Dayal: Let’s talk about the role of the new-age COO and how that has changed post-Madoff. What are the qualities of a successful COO today?

Jeff Levy
Colin Lunn: Five years ago, this was pretty much a non-existent role in Asia. A positive development since then has been an increasing number of professional and qualified COOs. Managers are realising that you can’t just sit there with one man and a dog and your kitchen sink to run a fund – they now have to build out the people and infrastructure.

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