Zurich-headquartered GAM has announced the appointment of Shizu Kishimoto as representative director and president of GAM Japan.
She will take up her new duties as from 14 August 2017.
Kishimoto’s main responsibilities will be leading the firm’s sales in Japan as well as overseeing its business operations.
Kishimoto, who brings 20 years’ experience covering the Japanese market, will be based in Tokyo and will report to Rossen Djounov, who was appointed head of Asia and relocated to Hong Kong in May 2017.
She joins from Schroder Investment Management Japan, where she served as head of Intermediary Business. Prior to this, she had been working at BNY Mellon Asset Management Japan as representative director and president.
Formerly, Kishimoto worked for UBS Trust and Banking and Credit Suisse Asset Management. Her career began at Morgan Stanley Japan Limited, where she spent seven years.
Rossen Djounov, head of Asia at GAM, said: “Shizhu Kishimoto has a proven track record and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience of the Japanese market. I am delighted to welcome her to the team. This senior appointment recognises the strategic importance of Japan to the future growth of GAM in Asia.”
GAM was founded in 1983 but was in 1997 when the asset management firm launched its office in Tokyo.
The company manages CHF131.3bn (€114.40bn) in assets for institutions, financial intermediaries and private investors as of 30 June 2017.