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Robeco appoints new CEO for Asia

01-07-2011 | Press release Robeco announced today that Tony Edwards has been appointed Chief Executive Officer Robeco Asia Pacific, effective 1 September 2011. Frances Chang, CEO Greater China and South East Asia, has retired from the Company as per 30 June 2011.

Tony Edwards will be responsible for continuing to build Robeco’s presence as well as further expand its business to the whole region in order to fit the Company’s broader growth plan in Asia Pacific. He will be based in Hong Kong. Prior to joining Robeco, he was head of Asia Pacific (ex-Japan) at Neuberger Berman from October 2009. Before this role, he spent ten years at AllianceBernstein and served as a senior portfolio manager for over five years in Asia. Tony Edwards earned a B.Sc (Hon) in Business Information Technology at the Central University of Lancashire, UK and completed the London Business School finance program.

On behalf of the Management Board, Hester Borrie comments: “Asia is key to the Company’s development and we will continue to commit to our growth in this region. I am delighted to welcome Tony to Robeco and lead the firm to the next growth phase in Asia. Apart from his long and proven track record in leadership positions which has prepared him well for this role, Tony’s deep knowledge in portfolio management and client-facing experience are also strong additions to our Asia Investment Center and further enhance our expertises to sophisticated investment clients. We’re thrilled to have him in this leading position to drive the strategic growth plans of our company.”

“In the meantime, we are grateful for Frances’ contribution and leadership”, Hester Borrie added. “Thanks to her efforts, Robeco has sucessfully built up a strong foundation for our business expansion in Greater China and South East Asia. We respect her decision and extend our best wishes to her in the future.”

“Asia is an important engine for global growth”, Tony Edwards, newly appointed CEO for Robeco Asia Pacific, said. “Robeco, with its strong regional network and proven global capabilities is well positioned to provide Asian investors with the right investment solutions.”

Frances Chang said: “Robeco is a fast growing company in the industry. I am very proud of to be part of its growth and express my deep gratitude to the guidance from regulators, to our clients, distribution partners and colleagues’ incredible support in the midst of my tenure. I am eager to witness its continual success.”

The appointment is subject to Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) approval of Tony Edwards as Responsible Officer of Robeco Hong Kong Ltd.
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