Nikko Asset Management has appointed Davina Goodall-Smith as chief operating officer of Nikko Asset Management Europe Ltd, effective from 1 May 2020.
She joins Nikko AM from BNP Paribas Securities Services and brings with her nearly 20 years of experience in global operations management, including her most recent role as head of senior relationship management, asset managers, and asset owners, UK.
Goodall-Smith will be responsible for overseeing NAME’s day-to-day operational activities and ensuring that the firm has the global connectivity and processes required to achieve best practices. She will also join the NAME board of directors subject to regulatory approval.
“Having worked in Singapore for nearly a decade and for a similar period of time within Europe, Davina brings the operational expertise and cultural understanding that fits Nikko AM’s Asian DNA so well,” says John Howland-Jackson, Nikko AM EMEA CEO. “Within the EMEA region Davina will have end-to-end oversight across all of NAME’s operational systems and processes and will lead efforts to maintain operational excellence on behalf of our clients.”
“I am looking forward to working closely with John Howland-Jackson and the entire Nikko AM team. There is a lot of positive momentum with the business in EMEA and I am excited to be a part of the growth in providing investment solutions to clients throughout the region,” says Goodall-Smith, Nikko AM EMEA COO.
In recent years, Nikko AM has expanded its delivery of investment solutions in Europe through the opening of a new office in Frankfurt and the expansion of existing offices in Luxembourg, London and Edinburgh. The firm has also augmented its UCITS platform with the launch of the Nikko AM ARK Disruptive Innovation Fund and the expansion of its Nikko AM Global Green Bond Fund. Headquartered in Asia since 1959, Nikko AM has been operating throughout Europe for over 35 years and both its global equity and global fixed income teams are based in the region.