Fidelity International has seen Asia veteran John Ford leave his post as global chief investment officer for fixed income, multi-asset and real estate, AsianInvestor can reveal.

He has decided to take a career break after 13 years with the Bermuda-based $397 billion asset manager, a spokeswoman told AsianInvestor by email.

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Ford left the London-based role in September and there are no plans to replace him, she said. “We have experienced CIOs for each of the asset classes he oversaw (fixed income, multi-asset and real estate).”

He had returned to the UK last year after a 12-year stint in Asia, where he had worked for some 25 years in total, according to his LinkedIn page.

Ford served as Asia-Pacific CIO at Fidelity International for seven years from 2008 and Japan CIO for two years before that. His first role with the firm was as managing director of its business in Southeast Asia.

Before that, Ford worked at UK fund house Schroders for 19 years, most recently as head of distribution for Asia-Pacific ex-Japan. His other roles there included chief executive for North America, regional managing director for Southeast Asia and general manager/CIO for Malaysia.