People Moves: HSBC, State Street, M&G Prudential, Aviva Investors, Close Brothers, SEI, GAM, Bitcoin Suisse, Aberdeen Standard

Pedro Gonçalves
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HSBC Global Asset Management has added two senior managers to its fixed income team as it looks to expand its global capabilities in response to client demand for long-term investment products.

Oliver Boulind, who joins from Aberdeen Asset Management, will be responsible for developing asset allocation strategies for global fixed income funds and managing global bond and global total return portfolios. Richard Balfour, who joins from Barings, will be responsible for managing global and UK fixed income portfolios.

State Street
State Street Associates has appointed Qi Wang as its Singapore-based Asia Pacific head of research.

In this newly-created role, Wang will be responsible for developing and expanding the group’s regional research capabilities and investable indices. She joined State Street on 1 October and reports to Singapore-based Dan Gerard, Asia Pacific head of innovation and advisory solutions for State Street Global Exchange, and to Will Kinlaw, global head at State Street Associates, based in Boston.

M&G Prudential
Prudential has appointed Mike Evans as chair of M&G Prudential ahead of its planned demerger.

Evans, who has joined the board of M&G Prudential with immediate effect, has served as chairman of Hargreaves Lansdown and is currently chairman of Just Eat.

Aviva Investors
Aviva Investors has appointed Susan Schmidt as head of US equities as part of a drive to grow its presence in the asset class.

Schmidt will be based in Chicago and report to chief investment officer, equities, David Cumming. She joins from investment management company Westwood Holdings Group, where she spent three years as a senior portfolio manager covering small and mid-cap US equities, and has over 25 years’ experience in the investment industry.

Close Brothers
Close Brothers Asset Management (CBAM) has hired managing director Oliver Harvey to support the growth of its HNW Bespoke investment management service. Harvey brings 19 years of experience of managing investments.

Before joining CBAM, he worked as an investment director at Rathbones, and prior to that, Fleming Private Asset Management where he started his career. A specialist in private client fund management, he is also a chartered fellow of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment.

SEI announced that its Institutional Group has appointed Alistair Jones as an advice director, delivering strategic investment advice to the firm’s institutional client base of defined benefit and defined contribution pension schemes, as well as charities.

With over 17 years of industry experience, Jones joins SEI from Schroders, where he spent the last seven years as an investment strategist within its Portfolio Solutions team. He previously worked within Aon Hewitt’s investment practice and in the actuarial business at Watson Wyatt.

GAM has appointed Juan Landazabal as global head of trading, a newly created role at the $165bn Swiss asset manager. Landazabal, who joined from DWS, is based in London.

Bitcoin Suisse
Bitcoin Suisse is strengthening its management with a long-standing Credit Suisse banker.

The crypto financial services provider is hiring Lothar Cerjak as its head of initial coin offerings, or ICOs, and will be responsible for driving growth in the crypto-asset business, the firm said in a statement.

Aberdeen Standard
Aberdeen Standard Investments has made senior appointments across several functions as is gets ready for the next phase of growth and strategic investment in Japan.

Takashi Ikeya joins as head of institutional sales for Japan. He will be leading institutional business development in Japan and broadening relationships with financial institutions, pension funds and consultant.

Jiro Hamaguchi took on the role as head of Japanese institutional product strategy and solutions on 1 October. He will be responsible for formulating product strategy spanning multiple asset classes, and tailoring investment solutions for Japanese institutions.

Sayaka Iwase started as private market sales specialist, responsible for growing and servicing the private markets client base in Japan, across various alternatives products and solutions.

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