Aberdeen Standard Investments (ASI) has appointed Vishal Sharma as institutional director for Australia and New Zealand, and will be based in Sydney.
His role would broaden ASI’s relationships with key institutional investors in Australia and New Zealand, including superannuation funds and insurance companies.
He would report to Andrew Hendry, head of distribution – Asia pacific, and Brett Jollie, managing director – Australia.
Jollie said: “His appointment signals our commitment to investing in our business and growing our presence in Australia and New Zealand, as we continue to provide institutional investors with a broad spectrum of global investment capabilities and environmental, social, and governance [ESG] embedded solutions to help them navigate the challenging markets and invest for a better future”.
Vishal had over 15 years institutional sales and relationship management experience in asset management and investment consulting in Sydney and London.
He was previously at bfinance where he supported institutional investors with investment implementation, as well as M&G Investments, Schroders, and Legal and General Investment Management.
Hendry said during these uncertain times investors were facing significant disruption, so deepening client engagements had never been more critical.
“Vishal’s strong experience and understanding of institutional investors’ needs will be integral to delivering the right solutions to address their investment challenges and supporting our growth ambition across the region,” Hendry said.