Nikko Asset Management has appointed Rob Mann as the Head of Asia ex-Japan Equity, based out of Singapore. He will be taking over from Peter Sartori, whom he has worked closely with since 2010.
Mann has been with Nikko AM in the capacity of senior portfolio manager and macro specialist since 2013, joining from Treasury Asia Asset Management (TAAM), an Asian equity boutique acquired by Nikko AM. He has worked alongside every member of the Asia ex-Japan equity team. With 30 years of experience in the securities industry, Mann’s investment experience spans across multiple asset classes, including equities, fixed income and balanced funds. Prior to TAAM, he worked with Credit Suisse Asset Management in various roles including CIO Asia Pacific and Deputy CEO Australia, between 1985 and 2008. In 2007, he was made Head of Investments Asia Pacific, overseeing teams in Singapore, Australia and Tokyo.
Nikko Asset Management’s Asia-ex Japan Equity team is a large, stable team and will be staying in place in its current format. Responsibility for Asia ex-Japan ex-China continues to rest with Sartori’s co-PM Peter Monson, who has over 12 years of Asian and Emerging Market experience, and responsibility for China continues to rest with Eng Teck Tan, with over 20 years of experience. The close working relationship of the leadership team ensures that the existing investment processes will remain unchanged, and clients un-impacted.
Sartori will be leaving the Firm in September to pursue other interests.