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Weekly roundup of people news, June 28

Ninety One hires Greater China advisor head from BlackRock; NPS hires Americas infra manager; PGIM hires for APAC alts business; Federated Hermes expands APAC family office team; abrdn names new Malaysia head; and more.
Weekly roundup of people news, June 28

NINETY ONE HIRES GREATER CHINA ADVISOR FROM BLACKROCK

Fanny Lee

Ninety One hired Fanny Lee as head of Greater China advisor in May as the firm expands its business offering in the region, it confirmed with AsianInvestor.

In the newly created role, Lee is responsible for managing the firm’s advisory business in the region.

Based in Hong Kong, she reports to Eric Fu, managing director and country head, Greater China.

Before joining Ninety One, she was with BlackRock for over 12 years and was most recently head of private banking distribution in Hong Kong. She also worked at Allianz Global Investors and Goldman Sachs.

BlackRock didn’t respond to an enquiry on Lee’s replacement.

NPS HIRES AMERICAS INFRA PORTFOLIO MANAGER

Korea’s National Pension Service (NPS) appointed Lee Hyunbook, or Tyler Lee, as portfolio manager for Americas infrastructure investment, effective June.

Based in Seoul, Lee will work under Hwang Mi-ok, head of the infrastructure investment division at NPS.

Lee joins from Kiwoom Asset Management where he was most recently manager in the energy and infrastructure division. Kiwoom could not be reached for comments.

JANUS HENDERSON APPOINTS INTERMEDIARY SALES DIRECTOR IN ASIA

John Lo San

Janus Henderson Investors named John Lo San as director, intermediary sales in Asia on June 24.

In the newly created role, Lo will service clients and develop new business opportunities in Asia. Based in Singapore, he will engage with banks and multi-family offices in Asia ex-Japan, focusing on Hong Kong and Singapore.

He reports to the head of intermediary sales, Asia ex Japan, Alex Ng.

Lo joins from Citibank Wealth Management Singapore where he was most recently head of Citigold investment consultants, a role he had held since 2018.

Before that, he also served investment management roles at Swiss asset manager Crossinvest Asia, Asian family office Wuthelam and Asian hedge fund Alcor Capital.

PGIM HIRES FOR APAC ALTERNATIVES BUSINESS

Daniel Greyling

PGIM Private Alternatives (PGIM PA) appointed Daniel Greyling to the newly created role of vice president of Asia Pacific business development, effective June 24.

Based in Sydney, Australia, Greyling is responsible for developing and managing PGIM PA’s institutional client relationships across APAC, with a focus on Australia and Southeast Asia.

Greyling will report to Eduard Wehry, head of Asia Pacific Business Development, PGIM PA.

Greyling joins from MLC Asset Management, where he was director of institutional sales. MLC did not respond to requests for comment at the time of publication.

He previously worked at Russell Investments.

FEDERATED HERMES EXPANDS APAC FAMILY OFFICE TEAM

Calista Ng

Federated Hermes appointed Calista Ng as associate director of business development focusing on Asia Pacific family office and private wealth management clients.

Ng will be based in Singapore and reports to Mark Coppell, head of institutional business development in Asia ex-Japan.

She most recently worked at Goldman Sachs in Singapore as a financial analyst for private wealth management where she covered UHNWIs and family offices across Southeast Asia and Greater China.

Goldman Sachs declined to comment on Ng's departure.

ABRDN NAMES NEW MALAYSIA HEAD

Abrdn appointed Mohd Farid Kamarudin as its new country head for Malaysia this month, succeeding Gerald Ambrose, who retired at the end of May, the company confirmed with AsianInvestor.

Kamarudin spearheads the company's strategic initiatives and business development in the country, including his role as CEO of its Islamic entity. He is responsible for offering conventional and Shariah-compliant investment solutions to institutions and wholesale clients.

Based in Kuala Lumpur, he reports to René Buehlmann, chief executive officer of investments.

Before abrdn, Kamarudin served CEO roles at RHB Asset Management and Threadneedle Asset Management Malaysia.

NORTHERN TRUST AM APPOINTS NEW JAPAN HEAD

Naoto Komoro

Northern Trust Asset Management (NTAM), appointed Naoto Komoro to lead its asset management business in Japan, effective June 20.

Komoro will continue in role as head of institutional client group in Japan. He will report to John McCareins, head of international at NTAM and Bert Rebelo, head of institutional client group in Asia Pacific at NTAM.

Northern Trust did not respond to Asianinvestor's questions regarding Komoro's predecessor at the time of publication.

Since joining Northern Trust in 2007, Komoro worked in senior roles across portfolio management, client management and sales in the manager’s London and Tokyo offices.

He previously worked at Mizuho Trust & Banking.

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