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RETAIL BANKING | Staff Reporter, Singapore
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Nomura makes senior hires in Hong Kong, Singapore for wealth management business

Over 20 private bankers, investment analysts were hired.

Investment bank Nomura has hired over 20 private bankers and investment advisors for its International Wealth Management business as it looks to expand its portfolio to serve high net worth clients.

The individuals, hired in Hong Kong and Singapore, follows the appointment of Ravi Raju as head of International Wealth Management in September 2020.

"The initial focus of the recruitment drive has been to strengthen our presence across Greater China, Southeast Asia and the Global South Asia market," said Raju.

Nomura shared that its goals is to more than triple its assets under management in its International Wealth Management business by March 2025.

Notable senior hires include:

  • Wayne Yang as Managing Director and Group Head, Greater China, from Baxian Private and Investment Bank, where he was CEO.
  • Trevor Mak as Managing Director and Relationship Manager for Hong Kong. He joined from UOB Kay Hian where he was Managing Director, Private Wealth Management, since March 2020.
  • Johnny Liu was appointed Managing Director focused on family office coverage for Greater China. He joined from Aldworth Management, a family office, where he was a partner.
  • Kitty Chen as Managing Director and Team Lead for China. She moved after a short stint as Managing Director with Union Bancaire Privee in their Hong Kong office. Before that, she was an Executive Director at Credit Suisse's private bank, where she spent eight years covering mainland China-based clients.
  • Adil Khan as Managing Director and Group Head, Southeast Asia, focusing on the NRI market in the Middle East and Southeast Asia as well as the Middle East market. He joined from Citi Private Bank where he was Managing Director and Team Head for the Global India business.
  • Brajesh Jha has been appointed Managing Director and Group Head, Southeast Asia. He joined from BNP Paribas Wealth Management where he was Managing Director and Head for Southeast Asia.
  • Mohit Gupta as Managing Director and Team Lead for Southeast Asia NRI from BNP Paribas Wealth Management where he was Managing Director and Team Head, Indian Markets.
  • Charly Madan as Managing Director and Team Lead, Southeast Asia, focusing on Thailand and Vietnam. He joined from BNP Paribas where he was also Managing Director and Team Leader responsible for UHNW clients in Thailand and Vietnam.
  • Nini Rojanavanich has been appointed Executive Director and Relationship Manager, Southeast Asia, covering Thailand and Vietnam. She joined from BNP Paribas Wealth Management in Singapore where she was a Director in the UHNW client segment for Thailand.
  • Umesh Pandey has been appointed Executive Director and Relationship Manager, Southeast Asia, covering Thailand and Vietnam. He joined from BNP Paribas Wealth Management which he joined in October 2019.
  • Kripa Bathija has joined as Executive Director and Relationship Manager covering family offices and UHNW clients in Southeast Asia. She was at Bank of Singapore where she was a Director covering a similar demographic of clients for over seven years.

Under Investment Products & Advisory as well as Infrastructure & Platform:

  • Akshay Prasad as Managing Director and Head of Investment Products & Advisory Solutions, Asia-Pacific, from Deutsche Bank's wealth unit where he worked for nearly 14 years.
  • Sooraj Arur as Executive Director and Head of Lending & Credit Solutions, Asia-Pacific. He joined from Deutsche Bank where he was a director in structured lending.
  • Aditya Sehgal as Executive Director to help drive transformation and business development for Investment Products & Advisory Solutions. He came from Deutsche Bank Wealth Management, where he was a Director and cross-asset investment specialist.
  • Mohan Kuppuswamy as Executive Director and Head of Architecture & Technology, Asia-Pacific, from HSBC where he was Program Head for Platform, implementing Avaloq for Singapore and Hong Kong.
  • TS Murali has been appointed Executive Director and Head of Front Office Risk and Supervision, Asia-Pacific. He joins from Citi Private Bank where he was Business Unit Manager, South Asia, for seven years.

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