OSAM Founder Jim O’Shaughnessy to Retire at Year End

By Patrick O’Shaughnessy
June 2022

In some bittersweet news for me and our firm, founder Jim O’Shaughnessy will retire from O’Shaughnessy Asset Management, LLC (OSAM) on December 31, 2022. At the risk of stating the obvious, his influence extends far beyond me and our organization to the broader investment community.

Jim is widely recognized as a pioneer of quantitative equity analysis and one of America’s leading experts on investing. In his youth, he began tracking the earnings and valuations of the 30 companies comprising the Dow Jones Industrial Average with paper and pencil. Not long after graduating from the University of Minnesota, he got his start advising pension funds and foundations on market strategy, founding predecessor firm O’Shaughnessy Capital Management in 1987 and subsequently O’Shaughnessy Asset Management in 2007.

Jim led the early development of our factor-based investment strategies and helped build a team of quantitative experts that continues to advance our organization. Our philosophy is rooted in a fundamental belief that factors drive equity market returns and should be applied from the bottom up to build disciplined, time-tested, and rules-based portfolios.

Jim is also the author of four books on investing, including The New York Times bestseller What Works on Wall Street (1996), which Financial Analysts’ Journal called, “indisputably a major contribution to empirical research on the behavior of common stocks in the United States.” The numerous accolades throughout his career are most deserved, and it’s been a joy to work beside him.

Among Jim’s most important contributions to the firm is building a strong team with deep dedication to our factor-based investment process. With his retirement from OSAM, Co-Chief Investment Officer Chris Meredith, CFA, will assume full responsibility on January 1, 2023, of the CIO role he’s shared with Jim since 2019. Chris joined the team in 2005 and for years has been instrumental in leading and cultivating the investment talent that executes OSAM’s disciplined, quantitative, and team-driven approach. As a result, our investment process will not change.

As Jim moves on to his next adventures, I am excited to announce two important appointments:

  • Roger Paradiso, Head of Franklin Templeton Product Solutions, will assume the role of OSAM Executive Chairman while maintaining his position at Franklin. Roger spearheaded the acquisition of OSAM, and the leadership team has reported to him since then. Roger has decades of experience with innovation in the advisory space and scaling businesses within larger organizations which he will use to help direct resources in the areas of data, technology, and distribution to augment OSAM’s capabilities.
  • Rajat Gupta, Senior Vice President, Franklin Templeton Technology, will assume the role of OSAM Chief Technology Officer while maintaining his position at Franklin. Rajat has spent the majority of his career working throughout Franklin Templeton and brings close to 30 years of management and engineering experience. He will lead OSAM’s programming team on a range of initiatives including the continued development of our Canvas® platform.

Roger and Rajat bring a depth of experience and leadership that will benefit our clients and help take our business to the next level. Finally, though Jim will officially be departing OSAM at year end, you will not miss hearing from him as he plans to continue his all-around love of discussing life and investing through podcasting, his Twitter presence, and other personal ventures.

On behalf of OSAM and investors abound, we sincerely thank Jim for all that he has given to the firm and community and wish him our very best.



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