Hansard has named Hideshi Tokoi as general manager for Hansard International Tokyo's operation, as the company prepares to launch into the domestic Japanese savings market.
The appointment, with effect from 1 July 2019, follows the announcement that Hansard International secured an Investment Manager licence in Japan, in what is the FTSE-listed savings provider first step to enable the company to enter the Japanese market.
"I'm delighted to welcome Hideshi to the Hansard Group and congratulate him on his appointment. His experience and expertise will be an important addition to the Japan branch as the Group continues to implement its strategy for growth," Hansard's CEO, Gordon Marr, said.
I’m delighted to welcome Hideshi to the Hansard Group and congratulate him on his appointment. His experience and expertise will be an important addition to the Japan branch as the Group continues to implement its strategy for growth"
Tokoi has over 35 years of experience, after various senior roles with companies in Tokyo such as Goldman Sachs, Citicorp International Securities, Citibank, Mitsui Sumitomo MetLife Insurance, Credit Suisse Securities and more recently Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance.
He undertook his academic studies in the US, gaining a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from the University of Michigan and an MBA in Finance from Columbia University. Tokoi is also a Chartered Member of the Securities Analysts Association of Japan, is a Certified Financial Planner and holds both a Life Insurance sales agent and securities licence.
In an exclusive interview with International Investment, Hansard's chief executive officer said he expected further opportunities after securing the "precedent setting" Japan license.