Junji Okabayashi joins Threadneedle as senior advisor, based in Singapore

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Leading international asset manager Threadneedle has appointed Junji Okabayashi as Senior Advisor, based in its Singapore office. Mr Okabayashi joins the growing Threadneedle team under Asia Pacific Chairman Raymundo Yu, as the company expands its presence in Asia.

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Mr Okabayashi will work closely with Mr Yu as the group develops its strategic plan for the region, and will focus particularly on the Japanese market.
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Threadneedle’s Asia Pacific Chairman, Mr Yu, commented: “I’m very pleased to welcome Junji to Threadneedle. He brings a depth of experience in the Japanese market that will be of significant benefit as we build our strategic plans. We aim to create a solutions-based approach that will combine genuinely client-focused service with sustainable, long-term outperformance across asset classes”.
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Between 2006 and 2009 Mr Okabayashi was Chief Executive Officer of Mitsubishi UFJ Merrill Lynch PB Securities, a joint venture private banking firm established to offer a range of investment and financial services to high net worth Japanese clients and small and medium-sized organisations.  Prior to establishing the joint venture business, he was Vice Chairman of Merrill Lynch Japan Securities from 2001 to 2006. During the course of his career, Mr Okabayashi also held senior financial services positions in the Philippines and in Singapore.
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Threadneedle established a presence in Asia in 2008 and has offices in Singapore and Hong Kong.  Part of Ameriprise Financial (NYSE: AMP), the company last year announced plans to expand its Asian business, building on its established presence and considerable investment capabilities, and that of its sister company Columbia Management.

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