Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BAML) has hired two senior members to its Asia Pacific research team.
A note to employees and seen by The TRADE confirmed BAML has hired two senior economists, Helen Qiao and Jaejoon Woo.
Qiao will join on 8 October and takes the role of Greater China chief economist and head of Asia economics ex-Japan. She previously worked at Morgan Stanley where she was chief Greater China economist since 2011.
Before joining Morgan Stanley Qiao spent six years at Goldman Sachs as a China economist and has a bachelor’s degree in international trade from Renmin University of China and a PhD in economics from Stanford University.
She will report directly to Steve Haggerty, head of Asia Pacific Research.
Woo has been appointed as Korea economist and will report to Qiao.
He was formerly an economics professor at DePaul University in Chicago, where he had been since 2003. Woo also worked at the International Monetary Fund as a senior economist from 2009 until 2014 and has held a range of other academic roles.