Barclays Capital has bulked up its regional distribution team in non-Japan Asia, bringing in Kevin Burke from its London offices. He joins the firm in Singapore in a newly-created role as head of distribution, non-Japan Asia.

Effective 2 April, Burke will work with the existing sales coverage teams across the region and report directly to Justin Bull, Barclays CapitalÆs head of Asia-Pacific distribution.

His appointment comes after a busy period for the investment banking arm. Over the past 18 months, the firm has hired approximately 80 staff members for its Asia distribution team and opened branches in both Taiwan and Shanghai.

ôOver the past few years we've built one of the strongest distribution teams in Asia, and our client-focused strategy and single product delivery platform have allowed Barclays Capital to develop its franchise across the region,ö says Bull. ôHis in-depth knowledge of the client base in the region and extensive experience in building and managing distribution teams both here in Asia and Europe will be instrumental in continuing the dynamic growth of our business in non-Asia Japan.ö

Burke shifts to the new role internally from Barclays Capital in London, where he was managing director and head of European private banking coverage. In this position, he was a member of the bank's investor solutions team.

Prior to joining the Barclays Capital in 2004, Burke was managing director and head of sales for non-Asia Japan at Credit Suisse in Hong Kong. In total, Burke brings 15 years of Asian distribution to the experience to the new role.

According to Barclays Capital, more hires in the distribution team are to be expected, but the majority of the appointments have already been made.