JPMAM names Travis Spence head of global strategic relationship group

22 January 2014   Category: News, Asia, Global, Hong Kong   By Asia Asset Management

Travis Spence has been appointed as head of global strategic relationship group (GSRG), Asia Pacific ex-Japan under the Asia funds management business of J.P. Morgan Asset Management (JPMAM).  Prior to his new role, Mr. Spence was head of global liquidity, Asia Pacific for JPMAM and was instrumental in developing the liquidity businesses in the region.

Based in Hong Kong and working closely with teams across the region, Mr. Spence will oversee the largest global, regional and local client relationships in Asia and will identify new business opportunities with existing clients and prospects. Jed Laskowitz, chief executive officer, Asia Pacific at JPMAM, said: “We are excited to have Travis play this important role in delivering a first-class client experience and building long-term strategic partnerships with our clients.”

Commenting on the appointment, George Gatch, chief executive officer of JPMAM’s global funds management business, commented: “It has been really gratifying to see the progress and significant gains in market position for J.P. Morgan in Asia Pacific.  The opportunity to offer our investment insights and strategies to even more clients in the region is tremendous, and this role will be crucial to those efforts.  I am confident that the team and our clients will benefit from the expertise and substantial client management experience that Travis brings to this role.”

Roger Bacon, managing director and head of managed investments, Asia Pacific at Citi Private Bank, added: “Institutional connectivity with our investment management partners is key to help us deliver the best market insights and investment solutions to our clients. We look forward to working closely with Travis and his team.”

Mr. Spence has been in Asia for over 17 years. During his tenure as head of global liquidity, Asia Pacific, the business pioneered six local currency money funds and expanded across Hong Kong, Singapore, Tokyo, Sydney and Shanghai. Importantly, Mr. Spence and his team were instrumental in J.P. Morgan being awarded a license to distribute local mutual funds to institutional investors in China.  Prior to J.P. Morgan, Mr. Spence worked for eight years with Citi in Singapore, where he held senior sales and relationship management roles serving both regional financial institutions and corporate client segments.