Nikko AM bolsters product and sales capabilities with key senior hires

29 January 2014   Category: News, Asia, Japan   By Asia Asset Management

Tokyo-based asset manager Nikko Asset Management (Nikko AM) is adding three senior executives in its product and sales functions, as well as naming a global head of investment, as it bolsters its global management structure.

Takuya Koyama has been appointed global head of sales and will be responsible for global institutional sales as well as international retail sales. He previously held senior positions in international sales at Nomura Securities, Merrill Lynch Investment Managers and Citicorp Securities Japan.

Hideyuki Omokawa has been named head of strategic product innovation, and will oversee the development of products on a global basis, while also managing the interaction between the sales and investment teams through a newly established office of the CIO. He was previously president of FGI Capital Partners, and before that held senior positions at Goldman Sachs Japan and Nikko Cordial Securities.

Motonobu Hasegawa has been hired as global head of request for proposal (RFP), and will lead a team of specialists in Japan and in overseas offices. He previously led the RFP team at UBS Global Asset Management Japan, and also worked at Aberdeen Investment Management, Credit Suisse Asset Management and Pictet Asset Management Japan.

In the investment management division, Yu-Ming Wang, who oversees the investment teams outside of Japan, has been named global head of investment to orchestrate the work of Nikko AM’s global investment team, which covers staff in nine countries. Japan CIO Hiroki Tsujimura will continue to be responsible for investment management in the Tokyo office.

“We are pleased to welcome these talented and experienced professionals to Nikko AM, and look forward to their contributions to our global management team,” said Takumi Shibata, executive chairman, president and CEO of Nikko AM. “As we aim to deliver world-class products to clients globally, we’re introducing a matrix management structure that will allow us to meet local market needs with products based on the highest global standards.”

Mr. Omokawa and Mr. Wang will commence their roles on January 31, while Mr. Koyama and Mr. Hasegawa will join the firm on February 1.