Asia moves: JP Morgan names new Apac CEO, Axa hires six heads, and more

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JP Morgan has named Filippo Gori as its new Asia-Pacific chief executive officer, replacing Nicolas Aguzin, who becomes head of the bank’s international private banking unit. Gori has spent 20 years at JP Morgan, most recently as head of banking in Asia-Pacific and Hong Kong CEO – roles that he will retain in addition to his new CEO duties. 

JP Morgan has also made three other senior appointments to its Asia franchise. Tim Huang has been named head of corporate banking for China, while Nancy Cheng takes up the newly-created position of head of new economy for corporate banking. Both appointees will report to Oliver Brinkmann, head of corporate banking for Asia-Pacific. 

Alan Lin has been named head of core cash management for wholesale payments, based in Singapore.

AXA Investment Managers has strengthened its distribution and marketing capability with six senior Asia hires. In the private wealth management space, Ronald Liu joins as director for private banks in Asia and Marilyn Wang as director of private banks in Singapore. Powell Cheung becomes director of Asia retail, while Miu Shui and Arthip Nathikanchanalab become associate directors, responsible for Hong Kong/Taiwan and South-east Asia respectively. 

AXA IM has also brought on board Wendy Loke as head of marketing and communications for Asia-Pacific (excluding Japan).

Deutsche Bank has made two new senior appointments in its Singapore office: Chintan Shah as head of cash management for Asia and Sebastien Avot as head of Asian trade finance for financial institutions. 

Shah, who was regional head of cash products and client connectivity for Asia, replaces Suman Chaki, who is relocating to New York as the bank’s head of corporate cash sales. Shah will report to David Lynne, head of corporate banking for the region. 

Avot was previously head of distribution operations in the Middle East and Africa. He will report locally to Atul Jain, regional head of trade and lending for Asia-Pacific, and globally to both Guy Brooks, global head of distribution and credit, and Russell Brown, global head of trade finance for financial institutions.

State Street Global Advisors has appointed Meaghan Victor as head of SPDR ETF funds for Asia-Pacific distribution. This is a newly- created position that will see Victor, who  was previously head of SPDR ETFs for Australia and Singapore, extend her responsibilities to Hong Kong and Japan. She will continue to be based in Sydney, reporting to head of global SPDR ETF business, Rory Tobin. 

The Bank for International Settlements today announced the three-year appointment of Andrew McCormack, chief information officer at Payments Canada, as head of the international institution’s Innovation Hub Centre in Singapore. 

The BIS Innovation Hub is a recent initiative that aims to help identify, and develop in-depth insights into, critical trends in technology that affect central banking. So far, innovation hubs have been set up in Hong Kong, Singapore and Switzerland.

Fidelity International has appointed Marcella Pun as head of wholesale business in Hong Kong. Pun joins from JP Morgan Asset Management, where she was head of Hong Kong Intermediary Business. She has also held positions in several other asset management firms over the years, including BlackRock and Societe Generale.  

Pun will report to Kim Ping Luk, head of Hong Kong at the firm.

Insurance company Manulife has announced that Wilton Kee, chief product officer for individual financial products, is expanding his role to take on new responsibilities as chief product officer and head of health. 

In addition to his current role, Kee will lead Manulife’s health business in Hong Kong, covering both individual and group life and health solutions. Kee joined Manulife in 2013, initially as pricing officer for individual financial products in Hong Kong and then as head of market actuarial and product development.

Natixis has appointed Aurélien Lasjunies as Asia head of coverage for corporate and investment banking. Based in Hong Kong, Aurélien will report locally to Bruno Le Saint, head of banking activities for the region, and globally to Damien Cléris and Guillaume de Saint-Seine, global co-heads of coverage. 

Aurélien has more than 15 years of experience in investment banking across Asia-Pacific and Europe, and was most recently co-head of investment banking for the region at Crédit Agricole. 

Diginex, a financial services company headquartered in Hong Kong, has appointed Vicki Tan as head of compliance for Singapore. Tan, who joins from DNB ASA, will be responsible for the build-out of Diginex’s regulatory footprint in Singapore. 

Tan has also held senior roles at ANZ, RBS, Credit Suisse and JP Morgan. Tan will report to chief compliance officer, Malcolm Wright, who is based in Hong Kong. 

International legal and professional services firm Ince has appointed Zhao Rong Ooi as a new partner in its Hong Kong office as it continues to expand its dispute resolution practice across the region. 

Ooi worked for international and offshore law firms in Hong Kong and Singapore, and is experienced in advising Chinese state-owned enterprises and listed and private companies.

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