Natixis Global Asset Management has hired a new head of Taiwan from Neuberger Berman, filling a post that has been vacant for almost a year, AsianInvestor can reveal.

Tony Huang started on July 17 at the French fund house. He replaced Alex Chang left Natixis GAM in September last year, having served as head of Taiwan since September 2014, said Huang.

Including Huang, there are now six staff in the Taiwan unit, which are sales and client service roles focusing on institutional business, he told AsianInvestor. He reports to Kinji Kato, Tokyo-based head of North Asia.

“Our key assets come from Taiwan’s big pension funds and corporate clients," he said. "This is not a purely management role. I cooperate with my colleagues to develop business here." 

Tony Huang

Huang left his role as Taiwan head of business development at US asset manager Neuberger Berman in May this year, where he led an eight-strong team. To his understanding, the firm has not found a replacement for his former role yet.

Neuberger Berman did not reply to an emailed enquiry about Huang’s departure by press time.

Huang was one of the three founders of Neuberger's Taiwan unit, which was set up in 2012, the other two being Johnny Wong and Emma Chen. The other two have since left the firm for other roles, Huang said.

Natixis Global AM plans to hire more people and offer more products to expand its Taiwan business, he noted, but specific plans are not in place yet.

Meanwhile, the firm has named a new Asia-Pacific head, Fabrice Chemouny, who will officially start in the role next month. He was formerly global head of institutional sales based in London and will succeed Kato as the regional chief.

Parent group Natixis recently expanded its presence in Taiwan by setting up an investment banking branch there this year.