As a fiduciary with complex responsibilities, HSBC Asset Management believes it is fundamental to have a robust and transparent governance framework.
We have a legal entity-based structure that aligns with the countries in which we operate. Each business is ultimately a wholly owned subsidiary of HSBC Holdings, plc (HSBC Group), one of the largest financial services organisations in the world.
The Board of each of our regulated legal entities includes Executive Directors and a minimum of one Non-Executive Director who serves as the Chair. Non-Executive Directors are sourced from within the HSBC Group and are deemed to be independent provided they do not have line or functional responsibility for any activities of the specific legal entity or any of its subsidiaries. Certain legal entities have Non-executive Directors who are independent from the HSBC Group in order to comply with regulatory requirements and/or local best practices.
Our fund ranges have a Supervisory Body aligned to its respective legal structure, regulatory requirements, and business practices. We believe that where possible these Supervisory Bodies should include members that are independent from the HSBC Group as well as HSBC Asset Management members.
Board and Supervisory Body appointments are based on merit and candidates are considered against objective and transparent criteria, having due regard for the benefits of diversity, including amongst other things, skills, experience, age, gender, ethnic and diversity of backgrounds.
HSBC group governance
We are organisationally aligned within the HSBC Group’s Wealth and Personal Banking (“WPB”) business. As a result, the HSBC Asset Management Chief Executive Officer (“CEO”) has a direct reporting line to the Global CEO of WPB, who in turn has a direct reporting line to the Group’s CEO. Our senior executives report into the HSBC Asset Management CEO with additional functional reporting into lines, where relevant.
Global management structure
Achieving our vision requires the organisation to be dependable and to do the right thing; open to new ideas; and connected, as a single asset management team. Above all, HSBC Asset Management and our employees must act with courageous integrity by making decisions in the interests of our clients and other stakeholders, without compromising the ethical standards and integrity on which the organisation was built.
The Global Management Committee is responsible for overseeing the implementation of our strategy and ensuring an appropriate control framework and culture is operating effectively. While continually balancing the needs of various stakeholders, the Committee and its members give precedence to client and regulatory needs.
Global Chief Executive Officer
Nicolas Moreau joined HSBC Asset Management on 2 September 2019 as Chief Executive Officer.
Nicolas has 30 years of experience in the asset management and insurance industries. Before this appointment, Nicolas spent two years at Deutsche Bank as the Management Board member responsible for Deutsche Asset Management. As the Global CEO, Nicolas led the business to be listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange in March 2018 and rebranded the business to DWS. Previously, Nicolas spent 25 years with AXA Group. He was Chairman and CEO of AXA France and a member of the AXA Group Management Committee, as well as Vice Chairman of the Group Investment Committee. Nicolas has also been CEO of AXA Investment Managers and CEO of AXA UK & Ireland. He began his career with Arthur Andersen.
Nicolas is a graduate of the Ecole Polytechnique and has an actuarial degree from the Centre d'Etudes Actuarielles. He was awarded la Legion d'honneur in 2015, for his services to the French financial industry. Nicolas is a Director of the Investment Association.
Global Chief Investment Officer
Xavier Baraton is Global Chief Investment Officer for HSBC Asset Management.
He joined HSBC in September 2002 to head the Paris-based Credit Research team and became Global Head of Credit Research in January 2004. From 2006, Xavier managed euro credit strategies before being appointed as Head of European Fixed Income in 2008 and as Global CIO, Fixed Income in 2010. In this role, Xavier moved to our New York office in 2011 and became regional CIO North America.
Having returned to Europe, he has taken on additional responsibilities as CIO for Alternatives and Real Assets in 2016 and for Private Debt in 2019, before being appointed as Global CIO of HSBC Asset Management in July 2021.
Prior to joining HSBC, Xavier spent six years at Credit Agricole CIB, including five years as Head of Credit Research. Xavier began his career in 1994 in the CCF Group. Xavier graduated from the "Ecole Centrale Paris" as an engineer with a degree in Economics and Finance in 1993 and holds a postgraduate degree in Money, Finance and Banking from Paris Panthéon Sorbonne University in 1994.
Global Chief Operating Officer
Edmund Stokes is Global Chief Operating Officer and is based in the UK.
Prior to taking on his current role, Edmund was Global Head of Product and prior to that COO of HSBC Asset Management Asia Pacific. Edmund has extensive experience in asset management and capital markets having joined HSBC in 1993, initially in Global Banking & Markets.
He has undertaken a variety of Client Management, Business Development, Structuring and Management roles in the UK, Hong Kong and Germany. Having studied Business at Sheffield Polytechnic and Japanese at Durham University, Edmund qualified as an Associate of both the Chartered Institute of Bankers and the Association of Corporate Treasurers.
Global Business Chief Financial Officer
Edmund Tang is the Global CFO for HSBC Asset Management based in HK.
He joined HSBC in Group Finance as an Analyst back in London in 2005, where he was responsible for writing board papers and the commentary to investors in the annual report and accounts. In 2007, Edmund worked in the office of the Group CEO/Group Strategy with business oversight for Asia.
Edmund relocated to HK in 2010 to work as a director in the COO office for Global Banking, and then moved over to become the CFO for Global Banking in 2011-2016. In October 2017, Edmund moved over to GPB as Asia CFO, and in addition undertook a 6 month short term attachment as co-head, GPB North Asia. Edmund became Global CFO for GPB in August 2020, and took over as Global CFO for Asset Management in Jan 2022.
Edmund also represents HSBC as the Honorary Treasurer for a charity the HK Society of Rehabilitation. Prior to joining HSBC, Edmund worked for FTSE 100 companies in the telecoms and retail sectors.
Edmund qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Price Waterhouse London in 1997, after graduating with an Accounting and Economics degree from Reading University. Edmund is married with one child, and in his spare time plays the violin, reads books enjoys travelling and exercising.
CEO, Asia Pacific
Daisy Ho joined HSBC Asset Management in November 2021 as CEO, Asia-Pacific and Hong Kong. Based in Hong Kong, Daisy leads the business in Asia-Pacific and drives the business expansion agenda across core markets including China, India and ASEAN.
Daisy has over 20 years of experience in the asset management industry. Prior to joining HSBC, she spent 16 years with Fidelity International covering a number of senior management roles including President for China and Managing Director, Asia ex-Japan & Middle East. Before that, she held various senior positions in the wealth management and asset management divisions of JPMorgan, AXA and Hang Seng Bank.
Daisy holds a bachelor's degree in Business Studies from The Hong Kong Polytechnic University and an Executive Master of Business Administration from The University of Western Ontario.
Chief Risk Officer
Tim Palmer is Chief Risk Officer of HSBC Global Asset Management and has over 30 years’ experience in asset management.
Tim joined HSBC in this role in March 2005 having previously been Head of Global Risk Management at AXA Investment Managers. He had joined Sun Life as an actuarial trainee and worked in life and pensions before moving into asset management as a finance analyst. Tim then became an equity and multi-asset fund manager and, ultimately, Managing Director of Sun Life Investment Management responsible for Sun Life's securities investment business. Tim subsequently held a number of senior roles within AXA Investment Management.
Tim has a BSc (Hons) in Mathematics from Bristol University, is a Fellow of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries and is a member of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment.
Global Head of Institutional Business
Paul Griffiths is the Global Head of Institutional Business.
Paul has spent over 30 years in the investment management industry both as a fund manager and as a business leader. Paul joined HSBC Asset Management in May 2021, based in London. He is responsible for the commercial development and leadership of the global Institutional Business, leading the institutional sales and client management teams.
He is a member of the global management committee, and also has responsibility for the oversight of the asset management business in the US.
Prior to HSBC Paul was Chief Investment Officer, Fixed Income & Multi Asset Solutions at First Sentier Investors (previously First State Investments). He has held senior roles with several firms including Aberdeen, Credit Suisse, Axa and lnvestec. A passionate believer in developing investment talent, Paul is the founder investor of the UK's first student-run investment portfolio based at the University of York. Paul holds a degree in Physics, and lives in London.
Global Head of HR
Nirmal Kumar was appointed Global Head of HR, HSBC Asset management in May 2021.
Nirmal is also the Global Head of HR for Retail Banking & Strategy, Wealth & Personal Banking (WPB). Nirmal joined the HSBC Group in India in 2010 and moved to UK as Global Head of Performance & Reward for WPB in 2014. He has held HR roles across a number of businesses in HSBC including Wealth, Retail, Digital & COO.
Nirmal began his career with Coca Cola and prior to HSBC, he was a consultant with Aon and Mercer advising boards and senior management on M&A, Executive compensation, Retirement, Health & Benefits and Talent management across the Asia and Middle East markets. He started his career in India and has worked in Malaysia, UK and Singapore.
He has a degree in Commerce and an MBA in HR & Finance. He lives in Oxford with his wife and 2 children.
CEO HSBC Alternatives
Joanna Munro is CEO for HSBC Alternatives, based in London.
Her most recent role was as Global Chief Investment Officer (from September 2019 to June 2021) and prior to that Global Head of Stewardship and Fiduciary Governance (from 2014) and Chair of the UK asset management business (from 2016). Joanna's previous roles included Regional CEO for HSBC Global Asset Management in Asia and CEO for HSBC Multimanager. She joined HSBC in 2005 as Global Chief Investment Officer for HSBC Investments, including Multimanager, Liquidity, Asset Allocation and Solutions.
Joanna started working in the industry in 1986, working for Prudential Portfolio Managers as an Equity analyst, BARRA Inc. as an adviser to pension funds on their manager risk, Salomon Brothers Asset Management in the multi-currency fixed income team and ABN AMRO Asset Management where she set up the fund of hedge fund capability as Head of Alternatives. In 2000 she joined AXA Investment Managers and ran business development activities globally for fixed income and the structured asset management business before, in 2003, being appointed Director, Head of UK Institutional where she led the UK sales and global consultant relations teams.
Joanna has a BA (Hons) in Mathematics and Engineering from Queens’ College in Cambridge, an MSc in Economics from the London School of Economics and an MBA from Stanford University as well as an MA in Creative Writing from Goldsmiths London. She is also an ASIP (Associate of the Society of Investment Professionals) and a founding member of the Diversity Project.
Global Head of Strategy and UK & International CEO
Stuart White, Chief Executive Officer, UK and Global Head of Strategy, for HSBC Asset Management, responsible for its strategy, M&A and corporate management activities. Stuart reports to the Global CEO, Nicolas Moreau, and is a member of the Global Leadership team. Stuart is the Chief Executive Officer for the UK and is the accountable executive for the firm’s Diversity & Inclusion programme.
Stuart is also a Trustee Board director of HSBC’s £30bn DB & DC Pension schemes and sits on the Investment Committee.
Stuart started his investment management career at Threadneedle Asset Management in the 1990's covering a variety of roles including distribution, strategy and as a fixed income analyst. Stuart graduated with a BSc honours degree in Chemistry and European Studies (German) from the University of Sussex and the University of Freiburg and holds an MBA from London Business School.
Global Head of Sustainability
Erin Leonard is the Head of Sustainability for HSBC Asset Management and is responsible for the delivery of our sustainability business and product strategy, and the transition to sustainable investing across all parts of our business.
She joined HSBC in 2010 and has worked in a number of roles, including Interim Head of Institutional Client Business, Global Head of Fixed Income Product and EMEA Head of Product Development. She has also led strategic business initiatives including the development of a UK Master Trust business and Asset Management’s firm-wide Responsible Investment Initiative. Erin currently serves as Chair of the HSBC Global Liquidity Funds Board and as Director of Climate Asset Management and RadiantESG Asset Management.
She has over 25 years of asset management industry experience, with Fixed Income portfolio management and business management roles for Wells Fargo Asset Management, Aegon Asset Management, Lehman Brothers and Neuberger Berman. Erin is a CFA Charterholder, past-President of the CFA Society NC and holds a BA in Economics from Davidson College in North Carolina.
Global Head of Wholesale & Partnerships
Thorsten Michalik worked four years at UBS in Zurich and Frankfurt and for 19 years at Deutsche Bank/DWS. Previous roles at DB include Head of Passive Asset Management for the Global Client Group and Global Head of db X-trackers and db-X ETC. Before this, he worked as Head of Warrants for Deutsche Securities Asia Limited and in Global Equity Derivatives Sales. His last position at DWS was Co-head of the global coverage group responsible across active, passive and alternative investments in Europe, the Middle East and Asia Pacific.
Thorsten left DWS at the end of 2018 and worked in 2019 as a consultant for the asset management industry. In February 2020 Thorsten was appointed as Global Head of Wholesales, & Partnerships at HSBC Global Asset Management. Thorsten has a BA in Business and Management Administration from the Polytechnic of Constance.
Asset Management People Committee
The People Committee’s key objectives are to keep a pulse on our people, improve their employee experience and maintain our strong, collegiate and supportive corporate culture. We believe in giving our people the tools and resources to keep them developing their minds as well as their careers in an environment where balance and inclusivity are valued.
In order to bring our employees’ diverse voices directly into executive decision making, we have now appointed 4 elected employees (elected by number of votes received from all employees) onto our People Committee. They have joined the existing members, which include the Global Management Committee and the Head of Sustainability Delivery.
Head of Sustainability Delivery
Head of Private Bank Sales - Hong Kong
Head of Institutional Sales, Asia Pacific
Head of Investment Process & Sustainability Lead for Private Debt
Head of Client Management - US
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