Aberdeen Standard hires four in Japan

Miyajima_gateAberdeen Standard Investments has named four staff members to join its team in Japan, a market it describes as “a key priority”. Takashi Ikeya, formerly of Manulife Asset Management, has joined the firm as head of institutional sales for Japan; Jiro Hamaguchi, most recently employed by AMP Capital, joins as head of Japanese institutional product strategy and solutions; Sayaka Iwase, ex-Alternative Investment Capital, now works for the company as a private market sales specialist; and Kyoko Shimada, previously head of marketing at Fidelity International, now fulfils the same role at Aberdeen Standard Investments in Tokyo. “The expanded team of talented people will allow us to deepen client engagement, strengthen investment capability, broaden product offerings and enhance brand presence in Japan,” said Neil Slater, chief executive of the firm’s Japanese entity. Aberdeen Standard Investments Japan was formed by the union of the local units of Aberdeen Asset Management and Standard Life Investments in December 1, 2017 following the decision by the parent companies to merge. “Japan is a key priority for us in Asia Pacific,” said Hugh Young, head of Asia Pacific. “The growth of the team supports our strategy to expand our regional business.” ©2018 funds global asia

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