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  • Harriet Steel

  • Head of Busines Development
  • Hermes Investment Management
Harriet Steel
Head of Busines Development
Hermes Investment Management
Harriet is Head of Business Development, a member of the Executive Committee (ExCo) and an Executive Board Director. She joined the firm in 2011 with responsibility for Sales, Client Service, Marketing, Communications and Product Strategy. Under her leadership, Hermes has built a fast-growing and profitable third-party business in which assets under management for external clients have tripled, and revenues grown from 15% to more than 40% of the total. As a member of ExCo, her responsibilities include development of corporate strategy and delivery of profitability. Appointed to the Board of Hermes in 2013, Harriet became the company’s first female executive director.
Harriet’s career in the City began in 1990 after graduating from Princeton University with a degree in architecture. She joined the global trading team at Bankers Trust, initially trading currency options and subsequently holding senior derivatives sales roles in Paris, London and New York before joining Morgan Stanley’s fixed income group in 1996. In 2003 Harriet established Portico Advisors, an asset raising and marketing advisory firm for alternative investment managers, including hedge funds, private equity and real estate strategies, which she ran until joining Hermes.
Harriet acts as a mentor to female executives at Hermes, encouraging them to fulfil their potential and providing practical insight and guidance on how to achieve success in the City. For the last three years, Harriet has been recognised as one of the top 100 women in European finance by Financial News.