Henderson hires Andrew Gillan to head up Asian equities team

25 November 2013   Category: News, Asia, Singapore, Scotland   By Asia Asset Management

Henderson Global Investors has hired Andrew Gillan to head up its Asia (ex-Japan) equities team. He will be based in Henderson’s Singapore office. He joins from Aberdeen Asset Management where he was senior investment manager on its Asia Pacific (ex-Japan) equity team and manager of the Edinburgh Dragon Investment Trust, which has gross assets of over £600 million (US$971.81 million), making it the UK’s largest Asian (ex-Japan) investment trust.

Mr. Gillan joined Aberdeen as a graduate trainee on the UK equity desk, via Aberdeen’s acquisition of Glasgow-based Murray Johnstone in 2000, before moving to Singapore in 2001. He will take over as lead manager of the £200 million Henderson Asia Pacific Capital Growth Fund and the US$33 million Henderson Horizon Asian Growth Fund.

Commenting on his appointment, Graham Kitchen, head of equities, says: “We have been very clear of our intention to continue growing our business internationally, particularly in Asia and the US. Andrew has built up an enviable track record. Having spent over ten years in Singapore, he is the ideal person to lead our build out there. In addition, and in keeping with our desire to increase our ‘on the ground’ investment talent, we will also be moving a number of our Asian equity analysts to Singapore in the New Year.”

In total, Henderson manages US$2.3 billion assets in Asia (ex-Japan) equities on behalf of European, Asian and US clients. Products range across growth, income, China and long/short equity. There are currently 16 investment professionals in Henderson’s equities business in Singapore, which includes 11 portfolio managers, three analysts and four dealers.