George Aylward is president and chief executive officer of Virtus Investment Partners, Inc. (NASDAQ: VRTS). He is responsible for setting and executing the firm's strategy to create growth, improve profitability, and enhance long-term shareholder value through a multi-manager, multi-style investment platform.
Mr. Aylward has been with Virtus Investment Partners and its predecessor, Phoenix Investment Partners, since 1996, beginning with increasingly responsible positions in the corporate finance area. From 2002 to 2004, he served as chief of staff to the chief executive officer of The Phoenix Companies, Inc. He returned to Phoenix Investment Partners in 2004 as senior vice president and chief operating officer, and in November, 2006, was given responsibility for all aspects of Phoenix's investment management organization as president of Phoenix Investment Partners.
Mr. Aylward successfully directed the spin-off of Virtus from The Phoenix Companies, Inc., its former parent, in 2008, including its transition to a public company, selection of a board of directors and development of corporate governance procedures.
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 Connecticut Society of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.