Tom Baily, who founded mutual fund giant Janus in 1969, will step down as president and CEO of the company July 1, the firm said today.

Baily will continue his duties as chairman of the board of trustees that oversees the Janus funds and will continue to review the firm’s fund performance, the company said.

Spokeswoman Jane Ingalls said that the firm’s founder "believes it’s the right time to shift his focus from his operational role as CEO to a fiduciary role as trustee." In addition, she said Baily had confidence in a new executive team that includes Helen Young Hayes, Janus’ managing director of investments, and Jim Goff, director of research, who have overseen the firm’s investment team since they were appointed to those posts early this year. "There’s continuity there," she said.

Ingalls said Baily’s departure has nothing to do with turbulence in the markets or the economy. "Tom’s career spanned 33 years," she said. "He has managed through good markets and bad markets."

Baily announced his departure this week. Janus will work with its parent company, Stilwell, to find Baily’s replacement, the company said in a statement. In the meanwhile, an executive team of five will continue to oversee the firm’s daily operations. At this point, it is "too early to say" who Baily’s replacement will be, Ingalls said.

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