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PGIM Investments hires head of Asia as part of continued global expansion

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PGIM Investments has hired Jessica Jones as managing director, head of Asia. In this newly created role, Jones will lead the expansion of PGIM’s global intermediary business into Asia, building out teams in Hong Kong and Singapore to support the firm’s sales and distribution efforts in the region. 

Jones will be based in Hong Kong and report to Kimberly LaPointe, head of PGIM Investments International. 

PGIM Investments is part of PGIM, the USD1.5 trillion global investment management business of US-based Prudential Financial, Inc (NYSE: PRU). 

“Building out our Asia-based team is a strategic priority as we look to deliver the strength of PGIM’s global investment platform to clients with local market expertise and a relevant product set,” says LaPointe. 

Jones joins from Goldman Sachs Asset Management where she served as managing director and head of the retail client business Asia ex-Japan. During her 17-year tenure, she held several sales leadership roles across Europe and Asia, establishing a solid track record of entering new markets, building talented teams, and developing numerous global and regional client partnerships. She earned an MA in politics and economics from the University of Edinburgh. 

LaPointe adds: “Jessica’s background and global perspective combined with her track record of success makes her uniquely positioned to help PGIM Investments establish a foothold with financial intermediaries in this market.” 

PGIM has built a strong institutional presence in Asia, managing portfolios for clients across the region for more than 20 years. More recently, the firm has seen an increased demand from Asian investors for income-focused, alternative, and ESG-related investment strategies. 

“I have been impressed by PGIM’s commitment to Asia and dedication to building the right local infrastructure while bringing relevant products to Asian investors where we are seeing increased demand,” says Jones. “I’m looking forward to joining PGIM Investments and bringing the strength of the firm’s global investment platform to new investors in the region with a particular focus on growing the firm’s presence in Asia.” 

Subject to regulatory approval, Jones will serve as the responsible officer for PGIM Investments and will join the PGIM Hong Kong board. 

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