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Schroders makes APAC leadership changes

Schroders makes APAC leadership changes

By Keith Ford
3 minute read

Investment management firm Schroders has made a raft of senior leadership appointments, including a new Asia-Pacific chief executive following current CEO Susan Soh announcing her retirement.

Ms Soh will retire from Schroders Asia Pacific at the end of the year after 17 years with the firm, though she will take on a part-time senior adviser role.

Chris Durack will take over the CEO role at Schroders Asia-Pacific in January 2023. Mr Durack had previously held a number of leadership roles with the company, including CEO of Schroders Hong Kong, CEO of Schroders Australia and, most recently, as co-head of Asia Pacific.

Peter Harrison, group chief executive at Schroders, commented: “The Asia-Pacific region is a key part of Schroders’ growth strategy, and we are proud to have a line-up of strong senior leaders in the region to sustain our business momentum.

“We have been fortunate to have a leader of Susan Soh’s calibre for the past 17 years, and whilst Susan will remain as a senior adviser to our business, we wish her well in her retirement from executive responsibilities.

“I am pleased to welcome Chris Durack back to the Schroders family. With a decade-long tenure at Schroders and a wealth of industry knowledge, Chris is ideally placed to lead the Asia-Pacific region and ensure the ongoing success of our business.”

Amy Cho, CEO of Schroders Hong Kong and deputy head of Asia Pacific, has also decided to leave the company, and will transition her responsibilities from early January 2023.

Gopi Mirchandani, currently CEO and head of client group Asia at NN Investment Partners (NNIP), will join Schroders and will replace Ms Cho as CEO of Schroders Hong Kong, reporting to Mr Durack and based in Hong Kong, with effect from mid-January 2023. Ms Mirchandani will also take on the newly created role of head of strategy, Asia Pacific.

Szu Yi Chin was appointed to a newly created role of head of distribution, Asia Pacific on 1 October 2022 and is based in Singapore. Ms Chin was previously with Schroders for 12 years where she was responsible for the Mutual Funds business in Singapore and Malaysia, before spending the past eight years with Fidelity International, where her last position was chair and head of Taiwan.

Amanda Irving, currently head of marketing for Australia, has been appointed head of marketing, APAC, with effect from 1 November 2022. Currently based in Sydney, Ms Irving will relocate to Singapore in January 2023. She replaces Michelle Han who has moved to London to take up the role of global head of growth and digital marketing.