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American Century appoints new APAC head

US-headquartered asset manager rings the changes in its institutional business as well.

American Century Investments has made a number of senior appointments in Asia Pacific including a new regional head.

The US-headquartered asset management firm has named Tom Clapham as its new head of Asia Pacific, succeeding of Tony Archer, who is retiring.

Clapham, who is due to relocate to Sydney from Singapore to take up the role, joins from Aviva Investors, where he was head of the Asia client group, a role he has held for almost five years. He previously worked at AXA Investment Managers, Macquarie Group and Deutsche Bank.

Meanwhile, Elizabeth Trinh, who was previously head of Australia and New Zealand for American Century, has been appointed to the newly-created role of head of Hong Kong and southeast Asia.

Trinh has been with American Century since 2010, joining from Macquarie Group, where she was an associate manager. She also previously worked as a tax consultant at KPMG.

In addition, Michelle Kidd, who has been vice president of American Century’s institutional advisory group since 2018, has been appointed head of the Australian and New Zealand institutional business, while Alastair McKibbin will take on the newly-created role of head of the Australian wholesale business.

Kidd has 15 years’ experience in the Australian institutional market, joining American Century from Affiliated Managers Group, where she worked for seven years in senior distribution roles. She has also worked at Investors Mutual.

McKibbin has been with American Century for over three years and will relocate to Sydney from New York, where he was vice president for global strategic relationships, with a particular focus on Latin America. He joined American Century from State Street Global Advisors and has also worked at AllianceBernstein, ING Australia and Colonial First State.

“We have long seen the APAC region as an important market in our growth strategy and in the past few years have seen increasing interest across our boutiques, particularly in our actively managed equity and fixed income offerings,” said Jamie Downing, American Century’s global head of institutional business.

“These appointments will ensure we continue to build strong and enduring relationships with investors in these markets, both institutional and wholesale, at a time when the skills and experience of our investment teams are increasingly valued by clients.”

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