The Asian investment management arm of Prudential has appointed Wai-Kwong Seck as chief executive, effective from 15 April 2019.
He will succeed Guy Strapp, who will retire after 12 years with the firm, six as the chief executive.
Strapp will remain with the business until April to support a smooth transition.
In his new role, Seck will be responsible for growing the business, deepening its investment capabilities and expanding Eastspring’s global and local retail and institutional client base.
Seck brings with him 30 years’ investment and senior management experience. He joins from State Street Bank & Trust Company, where he was chief executive of the Asia Pacific region based in Hong Kong.
Wealth management firm Kleinwort Hambros has appointed Christophe Huchet as chief executive of SG Kleinwort Hambros (Channel Islands).
Huchet has been deputy chief executive of the Channel Islands since January 2018. With over 16 years’ working for Kleinwort Hambros’ parent group Societe Generale, Huchet has held several senior positions within the group. He started his career in Paris before moving to Hong Kong and then Milan, where he was chief operating officer of Societe Generale’s Milan branch.
Reporting to John Maitland, chief executive of Kleinwort Hambros, Huchet will be responsible for developing the business strategy in the Channel Islands and providing banking, investment and wealth management solutions to domestic and international clients, and financial intermediaries.
Based in Jersey, but covering all the Channel Islands, Huchet is also a member of the Executive Committee of Kleinwort Hambros.
UK-based wealth manager KW Wealth, has announced that group chief executive Marianne Ismail, will leave the group with immediate effect to pursue other interests.
Executive deputy chairman Gary Wilder will assume the group chief executive role.
Group finance director Patrick Goulding will take on the role of chief executive of Kingswood’s operating subsidiaries.
MetLife has named Richard Nunn as chief executive in Australia, effective from 1 May 2019.
Vince Watt, MetLife Australia’s chief financial officer, will continue as acting chief executive until May.
Nunn is currently chief executive of Statewide Super, a superannuation fund based in South Australia.
He has over 30 years’ financial services experience across wealth management (including life insurance and retail advice) and banking in Australia and Asia, including roles at NAB, Commonwealth Bank of Australia, IOOF and Axa.
Insurer OneLife has appointed Romain Chevalier and Anthony Lorrain as chief commercial officer and chief investment officer, respectively.
Chevalier joined OneLife at the beginning of January, following the completion of the acquisition of the company by the Apicil Group.
He was previously chief commercial officer of Intencial, the Apicil brand dedicated to France’s independent financial adviser network, and was managing director of Apicil Life France.
Lorrain will be responsible for investments – both traditional and non-traditional assets – and utilising them within the structuring of wealth solutions for clients over the long-term.
Both are members of OneLife’s executive committee.
Global wealth solutions firm GPP has appointed Todd Johnson as chief operating officer.
Johnson joins GPP with 25 years of experience in the financial services, fintech and engineering sectors, and will report to the company’s chief executive Julian Parker.
He was previously head of international prime brokerage at Deutsche Bank and head of European prime brokerage at Citi.
Financial advisory firm Woodbrook Group has appointed Mann Vergan as director of legal and corporate service.
Vergan will work closely with chief executive Michael Doherty in identifying and laying the groundwork for a series of planned mergers and acquisitions in the wealth division sectors.
He qualified as an attorney in New York and Massachusetts before moving to Europe where he worked as a corporate lawyer for, among others, Clifford Chance, CMS Cameron McKenna, Mourant Ozannes and Harneys. In recent years, he has worked closely with Western investments throughout Central and Eastern Europe and Russia.
St James’s Place
Wealth management group SJP has named Emma Hunt as head of responsible investment.
She will lead the strategic and operational development of SJP’s responsible investment offering.
Hunt previously worked at Mercer, Towers Watson and Hermes, focusing on ESG (environmental, social, governance) and responsible investing.
Deutsche Bank Wealth Management
Wei Mei Tan has been appointed its head of advisory and investment solutions, Asia Pacific at Deutsche Bank Wealth Management.
Tan is responsible for building the bank’s wealth advisory platform, an area in which the bank is investing to meet its clients’ needs.
She reports to Lavanya Chari, interim global head of global products and solutions.
Tan joined from Credit Suisse, where she oversaw its discretionary and advisory mandates as Asia Pacific head of portfolio solutions, products and solutions (private banking) since 2014.
Legal and General Investment Management
LGIM has appointed Jonathan Braithwaite, Antony Teare and Ben Cherrington as key account managers.
They will be responsible for supporting and developing client relationships across the UK with a specific focus on the north, south west and south east of England.
The trio join Miriam Breen, who has moved from an investment sales manager role to service key accounts in Scotland and Northern Ireland.
They will all report into Paul Measures, head of intermediary for LGIM retail sales.
Braithwaite joins from Aviva Investors, where he was business development director for the UK wholesale team. He will manage relationships with key intermediary clients, predominately in the north of England.
Cherrington joins from M&G, where he spent five years in Singapore as head of intermediary channels, Asia Pacific.
Teare joins from Franklin Templeton Investments, where he was business development manager for the south of England.