M&G Investments appoints head of Japan as part of Asian expansion strategy

Incoming hire joins from Schroders Investment Management Japan, having previously held positions at Invesco Asset Management and Nippon Life Group.

M&G’s global asset management arm has appointed Manabu Fujita as head of M&A Investments Japan.

Fujita joins from Schroders Investment Management Japan, where he spent the last 15 years, most recently serving as head of sales. Elsewhere in his tenure, he served as head of institutional sales and business development.

Previously in his career, Fujita held positions at Invesco Asset Management and Nippon Life Group in Japan.

Subject to regulatory confirmation, Fujita’s appointment falls in line with M&G’s Asia-focused expansion strategy and its commitment to the Japanese market, where it currently manages over $6 billion in listed Japanese companies.

As part of the role, Fujita will oversee M&G’s expanding operations in Japan, while holding responsibility for the execution of the firm’s strategic direction and the growth of the M&G distribution franchise across institutional, pension and retail businesses in Japan.

Fujita will report to Loretta Ng, M&G’s head of Asia Pacific.

“We are thrilled to welcome an individual with such extensive experience in Japan, especially at a time when we see Japan as a critical part of our Asia growth strategy and as we continue to witness increasingly compelling and exciting opportunities in the market,” said Ng.

“Manabu Fujita will be a valuable addition to our growing team.”

With a wide range of experience in Japan, Fujita is expected to play a pivotal role in steering M&G‘s growth in the country – an integral part of the broader expansion strategy in Asia.

“M&G is regarded as a global leader across a variety of asset classes, and I look forward to being part of an innovative and impressive team, and contribute to the continued success of the business,” said Fujita.

“I am confident that M&G can provide meaningful investment solutions to our clients under very uncertain market environment.”