George R. Aylward
President and CEO
George Aylward is president and chief executive officer, and a member of the board of directors of Virtus Investment Partners, Inc. (NASDAQ: VRTS), ), a multi-manager asset management company that offers a broad range of investment capabilities for institutional and individual clients, including the Virtus Mutual Funds, closed-end funds, separately managed accounts for high-net-worth clients, and specialized institutional accounts.
Mr. Aylward successfully directed the transition of Virtus to an independent public company with its spin-off from The Phoenix Companies in 2008. Since that time, Virtus has been one of the nation’s fastest-growing asset management companies, with industry-leading organic growth and stock appreciation that has significantly outpaced the S&P 500 and other public asset managers.
Mr. Aylward has more than 20 years of industry experience. He joined Virtus’ predecessor, Phoenix Investment Partners (PXP), in corporate finance in 1996 and then served as chief of staff to the chief executive officer of PXP’s parent from 2002 to 2004. He returned to PXP as chief operating officer in 2004 and president in November 2006, implementing the firm’s strategy to create growth and enhance shareholder value by transforming its multi-manager platform. He became president, chief executive officer and director of Virtus at its spin-off.
Prior to joining Phoenix, Mr. Aylward was employed in the financial services group of PriceWaterhouse LLP.
Mr. Aylward holds a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from the University of Connecticut and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Massachusetts. He earned the designation of certified public accountant and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He serves on the Board of Directors of The University of Connecticut Foundation.