Nick Pollard takes the reins at the investment association from Paul Smith, who has been overseeing the region as part of his duties as global head.
The private banking arm of RBS has established the Coutts Institute in Singapore and named Roger Low as head. It has also hired new heads of strategy and change for Asia.
The bank lists snatching market share and building corporate relationships in Asia as priorities for 2011. Meanwhile, RBS Coutts names a new head of NRI and South Asia business based in Dubai.
The RBS Coutts veteran becomes the next to depart the UK firm for the Swiss private bank, which has also hired Ciro Ahmad as chief operating officer.
Ranjit Khanna becomes the market head for non-resident Indians and South Asia at the Royal Bank of Scotland's international private banking arm.
Ignatius KK (Iggy) Chong replaces Heer as the new head of private banking for North Asia at RBS Coutts.