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Pictet WM hires Asia philanthropy head

The Geneva-based wealth manager lures Anthony Gao from UBS WM.
Anthony Gao, Pictet Wealth Management

Pictet Wealth Management Asia has appointed Anthony Gao as head of philanthropy services, Asia. Based in Hong Kong, he reports locally to Alex Ng, CEO Hong Kong Branch and head of Pictet Wealth Management North Asia, and to Christoph Courth, global head of philanthropy services in Geneva.

Prior to joining Pictet, Gao worked as the senior philanthropy advisor of the Asia Pacific client services team of UBS Wealth Management, where he formulated and implemented a new strategy to expand coverage of philanthropy services in Greater China. Before that, he was a senior programme officer for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in Beijing, as well as a management consultant with Mckinsey in Shanghai.

“Asia has in recent years witnessed a steady trend towards a more strategic and collaborative approach and the general professionalisation of the philanthropy sector. Our clients, from the younger, more tech-savvy, to those who achieved their success in more traditional industries are becoming increasingly focused on the impact of their giving and are seeking partners and expertise to help them achieve their goals,” said Tee Fong Seng, CEO Pictet Wealth Management Asia, in a statement.

“In this newly created position catering to these rising needs in Asia, [Gao] will work closely with our relationship managers and wealth planners, and partner with clients across the region to help them and their families to achieve their philanthropic aspirations,” added Courth.

Pictet’s Wealth Solutions, in which the philanthropy services are embedded, consists of advisors based in several locations including Hong Kong and Singapore, spanning family advisory, wealth planning, private funds and credit, as well as philanthropy services, and helping clients protect, develop and transmit wealth across generations, according to the firm.

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