Geneva-based Pictet Asset Management has hired Junjie Watkins as chief executive officer for Asia ex-Japan, filling a position that’s been vacant since November 2018.
Ms. Watkins joins the company from the Asian subsidiary of US asset manager TCW, where she was the head of investment solutions since 2015, and prior to that, head of investment solutions for Greater China at Neuberger Berman Asia.
She succeeds Amy Cho, who left in early November and became the Hong Kong CEO of Schroders a month later.
Based in Hong Kong, Ms. Watkins will be responsible for all business development and client-related matters in the region with management oversight of all other activities, Pictet Asset Management says in a statement on July 2, when the appointment became effective.
According to the company, Ms. Watkins has developed “deep and lasting relationships” with key institutional and intermediaries clients throughout the region.
“Her combined experience as a distribution leader and investment professional brings fresh skills and perspectives to our business in Asia,” Laurent Ramsey, CEO of Pictet Asset Management and a partner in Pictet Group, says in the statement.
The company’s Hong Kong-based senior vice president Lawrence Tse had been handling duties of the intermediaries business since Ms. Cho’s departure, while the institutional sales team in Asia reported directly to Niall Quinn, the London-based head of institutional management.
Pictet Asset Management had US$186 billion of total assets globally as at March 31, 2019.