Nikko Asset Management Co., Ltd (Nikko AM) today announced that Timothy F. McCarthy, Chairman and CEO of Nikko Asset Management, has decided to retire at the end of this fiscal year. Effective April 1st Charles Beazley will take over as Chairman and CEO, as part of the firm’s long agreed succession plan.
“It has been eight exciting and fruitful years since I took over Nikko AM,” McCarthy commented. “I am so proud of what the company has accomplished. I now feel it is the right time for the team, with Charles at the helm, to take over the management and to continue to build on our dream of providing investment solutions to millions of Asian consumers and our regional expertise to many international institutions.”
Lim Sim Seng, External Independent Director, commented on behalf of the Nikko AM Board: “We are extremely appreciative of Tim’s leadership over the years and have worked closely with him to ensure that the company has a smooth succession plan timed at the beginning of the fiscal year that will position Nikko AM well for the future.”
During McCarthy’s tenure, Nikko AM became the largest regional asset management company based in Asia, with AUM growing from US$50 billion to over US$150 billion during a difficult global environment. The firm was transformed from a local Japanese captive asset management company to become independent and operating locally in seven Asian countries and regions as well as London and New York.
The expansion included notable acquisitions in China (40 percent of Rongtong Fund Management), Australia (Tyndall Investments), New Zealand (Tyndall Investments), Singapore (DBS Asset Management) and Hong Kong (DBS Asset Management). As part of the DBSAM acquisition, Nikko AM acquired stakes in Hwang Investment Management and Asian Islamic Investment Management, both in Malaysia. Most recently, Nikko AM announced plans to launch a joint venture business with Ambit Holdings Private Ltd in India.
The firm has developed a retail client base that is now millions of customers throughout the Asia-Pacific region and a large institutional client base, both in Japan and internationally, which has been steadily growing.
Beazley joined the firm in London in 2006 as President of its international offices before moving to Tokyo full time in 2010 to manage the firm’s rapidly expanding Asian operations and the domestic Japanese institutional business.
Beazley commented: “It is a privilege to be asked to lead Nikko AM and its hugely talented executive team and employees. It is a unique company and has accomplished a very great deal in the past. Ahead of us lies an exceptional opportunity to execute our multi-local strategy in a region of unrivalled opportunity and scope.
“Asia is an important investment destination, a major source of capital, and increasingly occupies a powerful geo-strategic position. As the world’s leading Asian asset management company, we are passionate about the region and its people, helping them meet their savings and investment needs. Additionally, managing Asian assets for international clients and connecting western financial service companies to our extraordinary network in the region are all key components of the firm’s strategy.”
Lim Sim Seng further commented: “Charles has worked with us for over five years now, and is well known to the board. He is very well placed to provide the company with the leadership that our strategy and people require. He is a highly experienced international general manager, bringing to our business successful operating experience in Europe, the US and Japan, and has been integral to the build out of our multi-local strategy in Asia.”
Bill Wilder remains the firm’s President and CIO and the rest of the existing management team will continue to run the firm.
Nikko AM remains committed to its intention for listing as the largest independent asset management company in Asia in the future, with the full endorsement of its majority shareholder Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Holdings.
7 March 2012