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AIM Management Group Works on Worldwide System Standardization

AIM Management's SVP and CTO John H. Deane aims to keep the company flexible as it deploys technology across the globe to reduce costs and meet local and international compliance standards.

AIM Management Group
John H. Deane
Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of AIM and its parent, AMVESCAP

AIM Management Group, a subsidiary of AMVESCAP AIM Management Group
11 Greenway Plaza
Houston, TX 77046

1315 Peachtree Street, NE
Atlanta, GA 30309


$419 billion in assets under management as of April 30, 2006.


Morgan Stanley, vice president, 1978-1987; Salomon Brothers, director, 1987-1990; PriceWaterhouse, partner, 1990-1996.


B.S. in accounting and M.B.A. in finance from SUNY Albany.


My most important mentor was Bill Cook, who ran technology at Morgan Stanley when I was there. His very aggressive leadership made me understand the importance of not being a wallflower.

What work experience has had the most lasting impression on your career? My experience at PriceWaterhouse. The issue there was to turn IT from being a practitioner to adding value, and it taught me the importance of cultivating the business side of technology.


"School Days," by Robert Palmer, because it has nothing to do with technology.

Top 3 Current Projects

Replacing Equity Order- Management System


Standardize processes while giving the businesses flexibility pertinent to their markets and functions. We're a global company, and we're trying to install the same system and processes across the company.



We are deploying technology worldwide to make sure people in the company are operating in compliance; it's in the United States already, and we're expanding it globally. Everyone has to deal with personal compliance, whether they like it or not.

Improve Cost Structure


As with last year, we have an ongoing effort to standardize our global infrastructure and consolidate it to reduce costs. Last year, we were down another 10 percent, for a total of 30 percent overall cost reduction since we started.

2007 Initiatives

Continue executing current initiatives.


IT Budget:

$220 million.

Key Technology Management:

  • Andy Johnson, Vice President, Global Head of IT Infrastructure,
  • Brian Seiler, Vice President, IT Applications (AIM),
  • Trevor Shires, Head of Global IT (excluding the U.S.),
  • Annie Chong, Vice President, IT Canada,
  • Mark Kusnir, IT and Operations, U.S. Institutional,
  • Alan Birsinger, CFO (IT),

Size of Technology Team:

770 total at AMVESCAP, including 350 at AIM.

Percent of IT Projects Outsourced:

5 percent or less.

Key Technology Partners:

Hewlett-Packard, among others.

Success Metrics:

We do client surveys internally to measure success -- anything less than 100 percent is not acceptable.

Would your firm consider partnering with other IM firms? We'd love to partner on a couple of issues, but it's hard to do. If the solution didn't provide a unique advantage to the company and someone else had a solution, we'd love to partner.

Vision: The Next Big Thing

Portfolio modeling and trading -- the new technologies and new ways to do it are very important for the company.

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