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FSA People Moves (26 May – 1 June 2021)

JPMAM's appoints sustainable investing leader in Apac; Ninety One poaches China sales head; Neuberger Berman fills ACGA position; Broadridge hires Apac MD; New boss at ING Hong Kong.
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JPMAM appoints Apac sustainable investing strategist

JP Morgan Asset Management’s (JPMAM) has appointed Tomomi Shimada as lead Apac sustainable investing strategist. In this role, effective 1 June, she will be based in Hong Kong and will report to Jennifer Wu, global head of sustainable investing.

Shimada will lead region-wide commercial efforts and will be responsible for working with key regional teams across the business to help advance JPMAM’s efforts to promote and manage sustainable investing products and services. She will focus on working with clients to drive the growth of JPMAM’s sustainable investing capabilities, including contributing to product development and investor education initiatives. 

Shimada was previously an EMEA sustainable investing strategist with the firm based in London and will be relocating to Hong Kong for the new role. Since joining JPMAM in 2010, she has held a variety of investment stewardship and client adviser roles in London and Tokyo.

The appointment is the firm’s latest move in expanding its Asia-based, dedicated sustainable investing team across research, client solutions, data analytics and investment stewardship. Since mid- 2020, the firm has hired or relocated five new team members in Asia, with plans to continue to add resources.

Ninety One hires Greater China sales head

Ninety One appointed Evelyn Xia as managing director, head of Greater China institutional business, effective on 1 June.  Xia is based in Hong Kong and responsible for managing and driving the Ninety One’s institutional business across the region. She will report to Eric Fu, managing director and country head, Greater China, at Ninety One.

Xia has 10 years of financial services experience, joining Ninety One from RBC Global Asset Management, where she was managing director, head of Asia sales for institutional client coverage and strategic development in Asia, covering sovereign wealth funds, pensions, insurers and banks in the region.

Previously, she was head of international desk at Banco Santander Hong Kong Branch and worked at Santander global banking & markets in both London and Madrid headquarters.

ACGA taps Neuberger Berman for Japan governance role

Neuberger Berman said that Kei Okamura will be the chair of the Japan Working Group (JWG) of the Asian Corporate Governance Association (ACGA).

ACGA, based in Hong Kong, is an independent, non-profit membership organisation dedicated to working with investors, companies and regulators in the implementation of effective corporate governance practices throughout Asia. The JWG is a sub-group of ACGA investor members comprised of like-minded professionals committed to advancing corporate governance and investment stewardship in Japan on behalf of their organizations.

As a director of Japan investment stewardship of the Japanese equities team at Neuberger Berman, Kei plays a key role in leading engagement process with management of holding companies including setting engagement objectives and creating a strategies to address the financially material ESG issues the team has identified.

Kei was previously vice president of stewardship at Goldman Sachs Asset Management (GSAM) in Tokyo, and was earlier a fund manager at Amundi Asset Management and an assistant investment manager at Aberdeen Asset Management.

Broadridge poaches Apac managing director

Broadridge Financial Solutions, a global fintech firm, hired Ian Strudwick as managing director, head of Asia-Pacific (Apac), effective immediately. Strudwick brings 23 years of experience in the financial services and technology sector, with 16 years spent in leadership roles for global and regional teams across capital markets, trade finance and business services. He joins from TD Securities, where he was most recently managing director and head of global operations and business services for Apac.

Strudwick is based in Singapore and will report to Samir Pandiri, president of Broadridge International. He will lead Broadridge’s expansion strategies in Asia, and will be responsible for driving the growth of the firm in Singapore, Hong Kong, Australia and Japan.

Strudwick’s appointment follows the recent joining of David Ingleson as chief operating officer for Apac earlier this year.

New Hong Kong boss at ING

ING said that James Poon, currently head of diversified corporates and corporate finance for Hong Kong and China, will additionally take on the role of country manager Hong Kong and China effective 1 July. He will also be appointed chief executive of ING’s Hong Kong Branch pending regulatory approval.

Poon succeeds Aart Jan den Hartog who will leave ING on 30 June  and return to Europe.

Poon will report to Remko Witteveen, head of wholesale banking Asia Pacific in his country manager role. The ING branch managers in Beijing and Shanghai, Yuan Yuan Liu and Annie Tao respectively, will in turn report to Poon. 

He has 31 years of experience in corporate and investment banking, and he has spent 28 of these at ING. 

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