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Executive Directors

Tom Griffith
Chief Executive Officer

Tom was the Deputy Chief Executive Officer and COO of the firm before becoming the CEO in March 2019. Prior to joining City of London Group in 2000, Tom held various positions in the institutional client division of The Vanguard Group including roles as both a Client Relationship Manager and a Marketing Executive. In 1986 he obtained a bachelor's degree in Corporate Finance and Investment Management from the University of Alabama.

Mark Dwyer
Chief Investment Officer (CLIM)

Mark was the EM CEF CIO of City of London Investment Management (CLIM) before becoming CIO in March 2019. He re-joined City of London in May 2012 and has over twenty years investment experience. Prior to re-joining the Group, Mark spent eight years with Banco Commercial Portuguese as a Director in the Asset Management department. Mark initially joined City of London in 1995 and was a Portfolio Manager based in the UK, followed by the US office. He established City of London’s Singapore Office in 2000 where he spent two years. He holds a BA in economics and is a CFA Charterholder.

Daniel Lippincott
Chief Investment Officer (KIM)

Daniel was the Director of Investment personnel at Karpus Investment Management (KIM) before becoming the CIO in October 2020. He joined KIM in 2003 and is the leader of the investment team and a member of its Management Committee. Daniel is focused on the implementation and continued success of KIM’s investment process. Daniel is a member of the CFA Institute and the CFA Society of Rochester. He earned BBA and MBA degrees from St. Bonaventure University.

Carlos Yuste
Executive Director

Carlos is the Head of Business Development based in the Philadelphia office. Carlos re-joined the Group in 2018, after pursuing other interests in the asset management field. Carlos originally joined the Group in 2000, and was responsible for Business Development until 2015. Between 1994 and 1998 he worked as a Project Officer at the International Development Research Centre, which specializes in emerging markets research. He holds an MBA (Finance) from the Schulich School of Business, York University, an MA in Political Economy from Carleton University, and a Bachelor of Social Sciences from the University of Ottawa.

Non-Executive Directors

Barry Aling
Non-Executive Chair

Barry Aling has worked extensively in international equity markets over a 40-year period. Within the emerging market universe, Barry has held senior executive positions with W.I.Carr and Swiss Bank Corporation in Asia and the UK and more recently was a Director of Asset Management Investment Company plc, a listed investment trust specialising in the investment management industry and Gaffney Cline & Associates Limited, a leading petroleum consultancy, prior to its sale to Baker Hughes Inc. in 2007.

Peter Roth
Senior Independent Director

Peter E. Roth has more than 35 years of experience in the financial services industry. During his career, he has held senior executive positions with Fox-Pitt, Kelton and Keefe, Bruyette & Woods. Peter currently serves as Managing Partner of Rothpoint Group LLC, a New York based consulting firm focusing on the financial services industry. He also serves as a trustee of the Guggenheim Credit Income Fund and is chairman of the audit committee and a member of the nominating and governance committee and independent trustee committee. Peter is also a Director of the Stone Point Credit Corporation and is the Chair of the audit committee and member of the nomination and governance committee. Finally, he also serves on the Board of St Mary’s Healthcare System for Children where he Chairs the finance committee and serves on the executive, nomination and development committees.

Committee membership

Barry Olliff
Founder and Non-Independent Non-Executive Director

Barry Olliff 's career has spanned over 50 years within the investment trust (closed-end fund) sector. He began his career in 1964 with Denny Brothers, ultimately Pinchin Denny, as a market maker in the sector. In 1979 he moved to Laing & Cruickshank as a member of their investment trust department, and became a director in 1984. In 1987, he established Olliff & Partners, the stockbroker business from which City of London was founded in the early 1990s.

George Karpus
Founder and Non-Independent Non-Executive Director

George Karpus founded Karpus Investment Management (KIM) in 1986 to improve how client value is defined and delivered in the investment industry. For 18 years prior to 1986, George held key positions at two brokerage firms, a regional bank and another investment advisory firm. George earned his BSc. (Physics) from St. Lawrence University and attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute for the MSc. Program.

Rian Dartnell
Independent Non-Executive Director

Rian Dartnell is the Managing Partner of PAXIS Key Holdings and works with endowment, foundation and family relationships to identify and monitor exceptional managers and investments. He also serves as a Trustee, Advisor, or Investment member for high quality family, endowment and institutional investors. Rian served as a Non-Executive Director on the Group Board from June 2011 to July 2016.

Committee membership

Tazim Essani
Independent Non-Executive Director

Tazim Essani has over 30 years of experience in executive roles at Close Brothers Group plc, Santander UK plc and GE Capital. She has a significant track record in strategy and M&A in financial services in the UK and internationally covering integration, management transition and realization of synergy benefits. She also serves as a Non-Executive Director on the Board of Quilter plc where she sits on the Audit and Remuneration Committees. In addition, Tazim has responsibility for employee engagement focusing particularly on diversity and inclusion.

Committee membership

Jane Stabile
Independent Non-Executive Director

Jane Stabile is the president and founder of IMP Partners LLC, a FinTech consulting firm founded in 2004 that counts four of the top ten global asset managers amongst their clients. In addition to managing IMP Partners LLC, Jane provides advisory services to clients making strategic decisions on the use of technology within their firms. Jane has over 30 years of experience in the financial services industry.

Committee membership


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Registered in England and Wales No. 2685257. Registered Office: 77 Gracechurch Street, London, EC3V 0AS, England.

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