John James is joining Vanguard’s senior leadership team as a managing director and head of human resources, responsible for overseeing employment, employee relations, corporate training, compensation and benefits.
James, who currently leads Vanguard’s European business, will replace Kathleen Gubanich, who will retire at year-end 2016 after a 30-year career with Vanguard.
Gubanich joined Vanguard in 1986 and was appointed to the senior leadership team in 1995 to lead the HR function.
“We are pleased to welcome John to Vanguard’s senior leadership team. He is a tenured professional in the investment management industry, and the breadth of his perspective and diversity of experiences in the US, Australia, and Europe will greatly benefit our company and our clients,” says Vanguard CEO Bill McNabb. “At the same time, we are very grateful to Kathy for her leadership and commitment to our clients and crew. Her 30-year career spans the formative years of the firm, along with a prolonged period of extraordinary growth. This growth and success would not be possible without a world-class HR operation.”
James joined Vanguard at its Malvern headquarters in 2008 as head of broker-dealer sales and distribution, and then moved to the international division to conduct a strategic review of the firm’s non-US business and distribution efforts. In 2010, he was appointed to lead Vanguard’s Australian operations.
Prior to joining Vanguard, James served as the CEO of Australian Football League team Port Adelaide for four years. In addition, James brings more than 15 years of executive leadership experience with prominent Australian financial services companies, including as a senior leader at MLC, the wealth management division of the National Australia Bank, where he was involved in retail distribution, institutional strategy, corporate superannuation, and scaled advice.
James was a director of the Financial Services Council in Australia from 2011-2015.
James joins Vanguard’s 12-person senior leadership team responsible for leading Vanguard and its global operations. He will report to McNabb.