Hermes Investment Management (“Hermes”), the £30.8 billion manager, has today announced that it has extended its Asia Pacific business development team with the appointment of Mr Tai Watanabe as Business Development Assistant Manager, Asia Pacific. Mr Watanabe will be based in Singapore at Hermes’ Asia headquarters and will report to Jakob Nilsson, Head of Asia Pacific and Business Development.
With more than 10 years of research and sales experience in the investment banking and asset management industry in Asia, Tai will be responsible for supporting the development and execution of Hermes Asian Pacific sales and distribution strategies across both its Asian institutional and wholesale businesses. As a member of the business development team, Tai will play an integral role in helping the team drive Hermes’ regional business expansion and reinforce its commitment and presence in the region.
Tai joins from JP Morgan Chase Bank where he was Sales Support and Back Office Team Leader for FX clients based in Singapore. Prior to which, he supported on the Global Commodities Sales & Trade team, as well as the Listed Futures & Options Clearing and Settlements team, at Barclays Investment Bank Singapore. Tai has also held various roles in Japan with Sawakami Asset Management and Credit Suisse Securities. Tai holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Denver, where he completed a dual-major in finance and economics.
Jakob Nilsson, Head of Business Development, Asia Pacific, Hermes Investment Management, said: “Tai’s appointment represents our forward looking commitment and aspirations for growth in the region. Asia is an extremely important market for our global growth strategy and we are excited by the local prospects and opportunities we are seeing to grow our regional footprint. Tai’s wealth of industry knowledge, network, entrepreneurial drive and sales experience in investment banking and asset management will not only help foster this expansion, but also further reinforce our commitment to our already established client partnerships as their trusted partner.”
Tai Watanabe, Business Development Assistant Manager, Asia Pacific, Hermes Investment Management, added: “Hermes’ market leading expertise and its high level of investment integrity is what attracted me to join. I am excited to be given this opportunity to be a part of such a dynamic team that is not only bringing unique investment solutions and long-term value to its clients, but also a team that is looking at the investment landscape differently and is ambitious in its efforts to drive change through ESG.”