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Geoffrey Post, Head of International Product Development (ex-Japan). Nikko Asset Management

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Nikko Asset Management accelerates growth plan with new international product development hire

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Nikko Asset Management (Nikko AM) has appointed Geoffrey Post as Head of International Product Development (ex-Japan). The hire follows the news of a joint venture agreement between Nikko AM and India-based Ambit Holdings.

In his new role, Post will work closely with Nikko AM’s investment, sales and product development teams in Asia (ex-Japan), Europe and the US, to help build the international mutual fund range and grow the company’s assets and client base. He is based in London and reports to Nikko AM Europe President, Charlie Metcalfe. With more than 12 years’ experience in product development, Geoff has worked in various roles around the world, including Europe, Hong Kong and Singapore.

Prior to joining Nikko AM, Post was at the wealth manager Coutts, where his responsibilities included heading product development. Before this, Geoff was responsible for the international mutual fund range at Merrill Lynch Investment Managers. He has also held audit roles at SG Warburg and Price Waterhouse, specialising in the asset management sector.

“Delivering international products to international investors will be a major new initiative for Nikko AM in 2012,” says Metcalfe. “Geoff’s appointment will assist us in creating and positioning products that are relevant to, and competitive for, the market – helping us to expand our international client base and grow assets under management. We believe Geoff’s track record to date, as well as his skills and global industry experience, will ensure he plays a major role in this drive.”

“Nikko AM has a wealth of investment experience across Asia, which has the potential to appeal strongly to international investors,” says Post. “Looking at Nikko AM’s capabilities in China, India, Singapore and Australia, I am confident we can bring some compelling Asian investment products to our international clients.”

Metcalkfe says: “Nikko AM has developed a skill in creating and managing products that address Japanese investors’ search for yield. These types of products are expected to become more attractive across broader markets given the current investment climate and we shall continue to look at opportunities to expand our product range in line with investor demand.”

Nikko AM is continuing its growth strategy across Asia and recently announced a joint venture partnership with Ambit Holdings. The deal will add offices in Mumbai and Mauritius to Nikko AM’s expanding global footprint, bringing the group to a total of 20 offices across eleven countries including Japan, China, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, India, Mauritius, Australia, New Zealand, the UK and the US. This further strengthens the firm’s local investment and distribution network, and firmly establishes Nikko AM as the largest regional asset manager headquartered in Asia.

In 2011, Nikko AM acquired Tyndall Investments in Australia and New Zealand, as well as DBS Asset Management Ltd, one of the leading investment management firms in Southeast Asia, from DBS Bank Ltd. The transactions have boosted the group’s assets under management to more than US$157 billion.

Nikko AM’s London-based marketing team was also recently bolstered earlier this month with the appointment of Steven Balcombe, from Henderson Global Investors.
 

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