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Manulife Investment Management Singapore appoints Chief Executive Officer, sharpens its focus on delivering income-oriented solutions to investors

HONG KONG/ SINGAPORE (7 March 2022) — As part of its ongoing commitment to drive its growth ambitions in Asia, Manulife Investment Management today announced the promotion of Hui-Jian Koh to Chief Executive Officer, Singapore.  Based in Singapore, Hui-Jian reports to Michael Dommermuth, Head of Wealth and Asset Management, Asia for Manulife Investment Management. Regulatory approval has been obtained with respect to the CEO appointment.  Hui-Jian will also retain her role as Head of Retail Distribution and Partnerships, Southeast Asia.

“Singapore and the Southeast Asian markets are important for our global wealth and asset management business. The increasingly affluent domestic population in the region means greater need for investment products, presenting significant growth opportunities to our business,” commented Michael Dommermuth, Head of Wealth and Asset Management, Asia. "As Asia faces the challenge of aging segments, investors are in need of retirement solutions and long-term, income-oriented investment strategies, something that Manulife Investment Management is strongly positioned to provide.  We are excited that Hui-Jian, one of our own, is now taking the lead in delivering innovative investment solutions to our customers in Singapore and across Southeast Asia.”

Hui-Jian joined Manulife Investment Management in 2019 as Head of Retail Distribution and Partnership, Singapore.  Since then, she has been instrumental in driving sustainable business growth and building positive revenue momentum by working closely with both the Singapore-based and regional functional teams. In her new capacity, Hui-Jian has executive responsibility for the development and execution of Manulife Investment Management Singapore’s corporate strategy and will oversee the company’s overall wealth and asset management business in the Singapore market. Hui-Jian will continue to work effectively with our strategic distribution partners in Southeast Asia to provide a wide array of wealth management solutions to help meet the financial goals of clients.

Prior to joining Manulife Investment Management, Hui-Jian was Head of Product at Prudential where she led the development of Protection, Endowment, Investment-linked and Medical & Group products. Before that she was Head of Retail Distribution at Eastspring Investments where she was responsible for formulating and driving the retail distribution strategy across various distribution channels.

“Leading the Manulife Investment Management Singapore office to enhance our innovative investment offerings in the face of the aging demographics and the fast-changing macro environment is both an honor and an exciting mission,” said Hui-Jian Koh.  “Over the past few years, Manulife Investment Management has demonstrated a strong income focus by launching a number of income-focused solutions, including the Singapore Dollar Income, Sustainable Asia Bond, and Asia Pacific REIT strategies.  We look forward to sharpening our income-oriented focus further and delivering the right investment solutions to our investors in Singapore and Southeast Asia.”

The Manulife Investment Management Singapore office is also home to 20 investment professionals for the firm’s fixed income, equity, multi-asset strategy, and ESG teams.  The recent promotions of Singapore-based Murray Collis to Chief Investment Officer, Fixed Income, Asia (ex-Japan) and Alvin Ong to Head of Fixed Income, Singapore, point to the strength of the in-market team and bode well with the firm’s strategy in delivering investment solutions that provide steady income-stream opportunities for investors. 

“The high caliber of these new appointments reflects the depth of talent at Manulife Investment Management, as well as our commitment to ensuring talented people progress within our organization through active leadership development,” added Michael. “They will further enhance the inter-connectedness of our Asia network and better serve clients who are keen to leverage our deep local expertise and extensive footprint to access wealth and asset management opportunities across Asia.”