14 June 2017

Senior Asian Hire at BNP Paribas

Published by Finews Asia – 14th June 2017

BNP Paribas Asset Management appointed a new Head of Institutional Sales for the Asia-Pacific region.

BNP Paribas Asset Management (BNPAM) has named Mark Speciale as Asia Pacific Head of Institutional Sales.

Speciale will be responsible for developing and managing the buildout of BNPAM’s institutional sales strategy and client relationship management for the region, including markets under Greater China, the firm said in a press release.

He was previously Head of Distribution, Asia Pacific at BNY Mellon Investment Management, based in Singapore. His career started in the United States in 1986 where he held senior roles at various firms before moving to Singapore in 1997 with Fischer Francis Trees & Watts (which has recently changed its name to BNPAM) to lead their business development efforts in Asia-Pacific ex-Japan.

Recent Hiring Addition

His focus is on strengthening existing and building new partnerships with institutional investors such as central banks, sovereign wealth funds, pension funds, and insurance companies.

Speciale is based in Singapore – the company’s regional hub for its sales channels – and reports to Hong Kong-based Ligia Torres, BNPAM’s Asia Pacific Chief Executive Officer.

This appointment takes immediate effect and follows the recent announcement of Christian Bucaro as Head of Wholesale Distribution Asia Pacific.

Bucaro, who is also Singapore-based, is responsible for defining and implementing the commercial development strategy for BNPAM’s wholesale distribution sales channel.