Nikko Asset Management Adds Three Executives to Deepen Global Institutional Market Coverage

Press Release

10 November 2014

Increasing its penetration into the global institutional investment market, Nikko Asset Management has appointed three seasoned executives to lead, respectively, client development in the Middle East, Africa and Asia, consultant relations on a global basis and sales in North Asia.

John Howland-Jackson, based in London, has joined Nikko Asset Management as its Vice Chairman of Nikko Asset Management Europe and Senior Advisor for the Middle East, Africa and Asia region. His long experience in the financial industry, which includes developing relationships with central banks and sovereign wealth funds, will be instrumental in broadening the firm's presence. A veteran financier with more than 40 years of experience, Howland-Jackson most recently worked as a senior managing director at ING Bank.

Ian Lewis, based in Singapore, has assumed the position of Head of Global Consultant Relations. Lewis has more than 25 years of experience in the financial industry and worked for companies including UBS Global Asset Management and Towers Perrin (now Towers Watson). He was most recently a partner at Ardevora Asset Management.

Charles Allard, based in Hong Kong, has been appointed Head of Sales, North Asia. Nikko Asset Management is aiming to extend its reach toward sophisticated investors in the region, where it has a successful joint venture in place with Rongtong Fund Management. Allard has 25 years experience in the financial industry, most of it spent in Asia. He previously worked for Winton Capital Management.

"We are extremely pleased that John, Ian and Charles are joining Nikko Asset Management at this pivotal time in the company's development," said Hideo Abe, executive vice chairman of the Tokyo-based asset manager. "As we position Nikko Asset Management to be Asia's premier global asset manager, these key executives will be instrumental in helping us further expand our business with some of the most sophisticated investors in the world."

Howland-Jackson, Lewis and Allard joined the firm on November 3.

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About Nikko Asset Management

With USD203.9 billion* under management, Nikko Asset Management is one of Asia’s largest asset managers, providing high-conviction, active fund management across a range of equity, fixed income, multi-asset and alternative strategies. In addition, its complementary range of passive strategies covers more than 20 indices and includes some of Asia’s leading exchange-traded funds (ETFs).

Headquartered in Asia since 1959, Nikko Asset Management and its subsidiaries employ personnel representing around 30 nationalities, including approximately 200 investment professionals**. The firm has a presence through subsidiaries or affiliates in a total of 11 countries and regions. More than 400 banks, brokers, financial advisors and life insurance companies around the world distribute the firm’s products.

The investment teams benefit from a unique global perspective complemented by the firm's historic Asian DNA, striving to deliver consistent excellence in performance. The firm also prides itself on its progressive, solution-driven approach, which has led to many innovative funds launched for its clients.

For more information about Nikko Asset Management and to access its investment insights, please visit the firm’s homepage.

* Consolidated assets under management and sub-advisory of Nikko Asset Management and its subsidiaries as of .
** Including employees of Nikko Asset Management and its subsidiaries as of .

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