Tony Archer is back -- with Morgan Stanley

The asset management veteran has left Axa to head Asia and Australia for Morgan Stanley Investment Management.

Tony Archer, a well-known figure in the Asian asset management business after running Axa Investment Management in Hong Kong, has returned to the region in a new senior position at Morgan Stanley Investment Management.

He had gone back to his native Australia with Axa 18 months ago, but decided for personal reasons to return with his family to Hong Kong, according to people familiar with his move.

Asia ex-Japan will continue to be run by Lee Tiong-Seng, executive director in Singapore, while John Buckridge continues to run the Australian operation. Now they report to Archer, whose title is managing director, instead of to London. Sources report that...

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