Standard Life hires Asia equities head, Korea expert

Standard Life Investment, the รบ76 billion Scotland-based fund manager has made several key hires, says Kevin Smith, regional CEO.

Elizabeth Soon, most recently a director at Schroder Investment Management reporting to Tina So, will join in January to run the firm's Asia ex-Japan equities investments. Currently Standard Life has nine investment pros covering Asia, split between Edinburgh and Hong Kong. The Scottish team is in the process of migrating fully to Hong Kong.

Soon, who had worked at Schroders for nine years, replaces Ronnie Petrie in Edinburgh, who declined the offer to relocate to Asia, but is transferring with the firm to Boston to help establish a new presence in the United States.

Meanwhile James Cooper is joining in mid-December from State Street Global Advisors, where he headed marketing in Seoul. Cooper will...

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