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Asset Servicing Expert

Ryan Burns

Head of Global Fund Services Americas

Ryan is a Senior Vice President at The Northern Trust Company, Chicago and Head of the Global Fund Services (GFS) in North America. He is responsible for the day-to-day delivery of services to investment managers, the overall strategic direction of the business, and leads a team comprised of experienced professionals who deliver comprehensive global custody, fund accounting, transfer agency and investment operations outsourcing solutions to investment managers

Ryan joined Northern Trust in 1998 and has served in various roles across groups including the Investment Manager Communications and Technology Division, Relationship Management, and management of a service delivery team to large fixed income investment managers

Ryan joined GFS in 2008 as a Relationship Manager serving some of Northern Trust's largest investment managers. Ryan was named Head of Client Services GFS, North America in 2014 with responsibility for all service and governance to GFS clients across both middle and back office products.


Ryan's Insights & Research

Despite the pandemic and accompanying economic crisis, asset managers have opportunities nearly everywhere they look right in their own office.

How Canadian Asset Management is Driving Change in the Back and Middle Office

Across the investment industry, asset managers are rethinking their use of technology to more effectively compete and differentiate themselves. Clive Bellows, Head of Global Fund Services, EMEA and Ryan Burns, Head of Global Fund Services, Americas, discuss the pace of change and where opportunities may exist for digital transformation.

Asset managers love growth, but their own firms might struggle to achieve it if they don't optimize the process of increasing AUM.

Two perspectives on how enhanced digital capabilities result in better operational insights and can help drive strategic growth.

When the heavy lifting of trading is offloaded to expert brokerage services providers, asset managers can focus on what they do best.

Northern Trust's Ryan Burns asks whether asset managers are missing out on new opportunities when spending time and financial capital on capabilities that are not core to their value proposition?