Washington, D.C. 20549

                                    FORM 6-K

                        REPORT OF FOREIGN PRIVATE ISSUER
                      Pursuant to Rule 13a-16 or 15d-16 Under
                       the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

                         For the month of July, 2005
                        Commission File Number 001-13908

                                  AMVESCAP PLC
                 (Translation of registrant's name into English)

                 30 Finsbury Square, London EC2A 1AG, ENGLAND
                    (Address of principal executive offices)

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                                                                   Press Release

For Immediate Release
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     AMVESCAP Names Martin L. Flanagan President and Chief Executive Officer

Atlanta--July 14, 2005--AMVESCAP PLC today announced that its Board of Directors
has named Martin L. Flanagan president and chief executive officer (CEO), and a
member of the Board of Directors, effective August 1, 2005. As president and
CEO, Mr. Flanagan, 45, will succeed current Executive Chairman Charles W. Brady.
Mr. Brady will continue as chairman of the Board of Directors of AMVESCAP.

Most recently Mr. Flanagan was president and co-CEO of Franklin Resources, Inc.,
a global investment organization operating as Franklin Templeton Investments,
since January 2004. He began his investment management career at Templeton in

"With his deep industry knowledge, global experience and demonstrated leadership
skills, Marty Flanagan is the ideal CEO to lead AMVESCAP," said Mr. Brady. "He
has built a distinguished record of success leading all major aspects of a
global asset manager and earning the trust and respect of clients and
colleagues. With Marty's strategic vision and AMVESCAP's core strengths, our
company is well-positioned to capitalize on the attractive opportunities the
investment management industry continues to offer."

Robert Graham, AMVESCAP vice chairman, added, "Having served with Marty on the
Investment Company Institute's Board of Governors and other industry committees,
I know firsthand that Marty is a proven industry leader who possesses an
absolute commitment to acting at all times in the best interests of fund
shareholders. His dedication to clients and experience as an investment manager
make him an ideal fit for AMVESCAP's unique culture."

"I feel very fortunate to be joining one of the leaders in the global investment
management industry," stated Mr. Flanagan. "With its singular focus on providing
the best in investment solutions for individuals and institutions, few companies
can match AMVESCAP's global scale, comprehensive array of products and rich
heritage of outstanding client service. As the newest addition to AMVESCAP's
dynamic team, I am extremely excited about what we can accomplish together for
our clients and shareholders."

SpencerStuart, the international executive search firm, assisted the AMVESCAP
Board of Directors in identifying Mr. Flanagan.

AMVESCAP is a leading independent global investment manager, dedicated to
helping people worldwide build their financial security. Operating under the
AIM, AIM Trimark, INVESCO, INVESCO PERPETUAL and Atlantic Trust brands, AMVESCAP
strives to deliver outstanding products and services through a comprehensive
array of retail and institutional products for clients around the world. The
company is listed on the London, New York and Toronto stock exchanges with the
symbol "AVZ." Additional information is available at


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under the United States securities laws. Forward-looking statements include
information concerning possible or assumed future results of our operations,
earnings, liquidity, cash flow and capital expenditures, industry or market
conditions, assets under management, acquisition activities and the effect of
completed acquisitions, debt levels and the ability to obtain additional
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actual results will not differ materially from our expectations. We caution
investors not to rely unduly on any forward-looking statements. In connection
with any forward-looking statements, you should carefully consider the areas of
risk described in our most recent annual report on Form 20-F, as filed with the
United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). You may obtain these
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Martin L. Flanagan Biography

Martin L. Flanagan is president and chief executive officer, AMVESCAP, a
position he was named to in July 2005. Previously, he was president and co-CEO
of Franklin Resources, Inc., a global investment organization operating as
Franklin Templeton Investments, since January 2004.

While Mr. Flanagan was a president at Franklin, assets under management
increased from $224.9 billion (November 30, 1999) to $425.4 billion (June 30,
2005). Additionally, during the period he was president, the total return of
Franklin Resources, Inc. stock was 171% (from November 26, 1999 to July 8,

Prior to that position, Mr. Flanagan was president and chief operating officer
(May 2003 to January 2004) and president and chief financial officer (November
1999 to May 2003) at Franklin. He joined Franklin in October 1992 with
Franklin's acquisition of Templeton, Galbraith & Hansberger Ltd., the manager
and operator of the Templeton Family of Funds, where he served as director,
executive vice president and chief operating officer. Mr. Flanagan began his
career at Templeton in 1983 where his experience over the years ranged from
finance to operations to investment management as an equity portfolio manager
and research analyst covering the financial services sector. Before joining
Templeton, he worked as a staff auditor for Arthur Andersen & Co.

Mr. Flanagan is a member of the Investment Company Institute's Board of
Governors and was a member of the NASD Mutual Fund Task Force.

He received a bachelor of business administration and bachelor of arts degree
from Southern Methodist University. He is both a Certified Public Accountant
(CPA) and a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).


Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the
registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the
undersigned, thereunto duly authorized.

                                                AMVESCAP PLC

Date  14 July, 2005                   By   /s/  Michael S. Perman
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                                            Michael S. Perman
                                            Company Secretary