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SANNE appoints new business development director in Tokyo

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Makoto Nagao has been appointed to the newly created role of Director, Business Development adding further strength to SANNE’s Asia-Pacific business.

With more than 35 years of experience, Nagao brings a wealth of knowledge, following a lengthy career with Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group, SMFG. While he was at SMFG, Nagao-san was General Manager in areas such as Shinjuku Corporate Business and the Equity Portfolio Department within SMBC, part of the SMFG organisation. From 2014 to 2017 Nagao-san was the Executive Senior Managing Director at Sumitomo Mitsui Asset Management, one of Japan’s largest asset managers, responsible for Business Planning.

Together with Country Head Mark Bennett, Nagao will oversee the development of new business for Japan and forge strategic relations with new partners. 

Commenting on Nagao-san’s appointment, Bennett, says: “We are committed to a strategy of growth in Japan, supporting our clients with new services and innovative solutions. It is in all these aspects that Nagao-san will make a positive contribution to our business and we’re delighted to have him on board.

“He is highly thought of in the industry and brings a deep understanding of the Japanese investors’ needs for specialist support in the Alternative investments space, together with his technical knowledge, he will drive growth and awareness of our product and brand within the industry.”

A graduate of the Kyoto University, Nagao has experience in business development, strategy and management advisory within the Alternative asset industry.

Naga says: “The support SANNE provides its clients is synonymous with service excellence. It is an exciting time for the company and I look forward to contributing to the development of the business. The needs for SANNE’s capabilities in Japan is clear and I am excited to help connect clients with one of the world’s leading service providers of Alternative Assets.”

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