Mr Inoue will take over from Kinji Kato, President and Representative Director for Natixis IM Japan since 2014. Mr Kato will become Honorary Chairman at Natixis IM Japan – as of May 23, 2022 – and will continue to work closely with Mr Inoue on strategic initiatives and partnerships with large institutions. Mr Inoue will be responsible for expanding Natixis IM’s footprint in Japan, through a selective and diversified development strategy, leveraging on the high value solutions from Natixis IM range of affiliated investment managers, covering actively managed fixed income and equities to ESG and impact investing, real estate, and private asset management. In his role, his priority will be to deliver high quality services to Natixis IM clients in Japan and offer them the investments that suit their longterm requirements.
« Shinji Inoue’s appointment reinforces our local capabilities and reflects our commitment to stay close to our Japanese clients and better meet their specific needs. I am confident that his proven experience in the asset management industry and in sales and management roles, will help him to succeed in his new responsibilities and to achieve our diversification and growth ambitions in Japan », commented Fabrice Chemouny, Head of Asia Pacific, Natixis Investment Managers. « I warmly thank Kinji Kato who has demonstrated remarkable leadership and has contributed to building and growing our business in Japan over the years, and I am pleased about his position as Honorary Chairman. His strategic advice will be key to help us expand in such an important market », added Fabrice Chemouny. Mr Inoue has 30-year experience in the asset management and financial industry. He joined Nippon Life Insurance Company in 1989 and has been consistently engaged in asset management at the International Investment Department and Nissay Asset Management Co. He has worked at Natixis Asset Management, Japan Co.,Ltd. (Natixis IM Japan) since 2008 as the Head of Investment Management. He also served as Head of Pension and Corporate Sales and as a Senior Managing Executive Officer and Head of Global Wealth Management at PIMCO Japan Limited since 2010, where he demonstrated strong leadership.
Mr Kato has been working within the Natixis IM group for 25 years. He first joined Loomis Sayles & Co in 1997 and launched its Asian and Japanese operations. Since he became President and Representative Director for Natixis IM Japan in 2014. Mr Kato has constantly put his efforts and expertise in the service of Japanese clients and his contribution to build the Natixis IM business in the market has been instrumental.
Natixis Investment Managers’ multi-affiliate approach connects clients to the independent thinking and focused expertise of more than 20 active managers. Ranked among the world’s largest asset managers1 with nearly $1.4 trillion assets under management2 (€1,188 billion), Natixis Investment Managers delivers a diverse range of solutions across asset classes, styles, and vehicles, including innovative environmental, social, and governance (ESG) strategies and products dedicated to advancing sustainable finance. The firm partners with clients in order to understand their unique needs and provide insights and investment solutions tailored to their long-term goals. Headquartered in Paris and Boston, Natixis Investment Managers is wholly owned by Natixis. Natixis is a subsidiary of BPCE, the second-largest banking group in France. Natixis Investment Managers’ affiliated investment management firms include AEW; Alliance Entreprendre; AlphaSimplex Group; DNCA Investments;3 Dorval Asset Management; Flexstone Partners; Gateway Investment Advisers; Harris Associates; Investors Mutual Limited; Loomis, Sayles & Company; Mirova; MV Credit; Naxicap Partners; Ossiam; Ostrum Asset Management; Seeyond; Seventure Partners; Thematics Asset Management; Vauban Infrastructure Partners; Vaughan Nelson Investment Management; and WCM Investment Management. Additionally, investment solutions are offered through Natixis Investment Managers Solutions and Natixis Advisors, LLC. Not all offerings are available in all jurisdictions. For additional information, please visit Natixis Investment Managers’ website at im.natixis.com | LinkedIn: linkedin.com/company/natixisinvestment-managers.
Natixis Investment Managers’ distribution and service groups include Natixis Distribution, LLC, a limited purpose broker-dealer and the distributor of various US registered investment companies for which advisory services are provided by affiliated firms of Natixis Investment Managers, Natixis Investment Managers S.A. (Luxembourg), Natixis Investment Managers International (France), and their affiliated distribution and service entities in Europe and Asia.
1 Cerulli Quantitative Update: Global Markets 2021 ranked Natixis Investment Managers as the 15th largest asset manager in the world based on assets under management as of December 31, 2020.
2 Assets under management (“AUM”) as of March 31, 2022 are €1,188 billion. AUM, as reported, may include notional assets, assets serviced, gross assets, assets of minority-owned affiliated entities and other types of non-regulatory AUM managed or serviced by firms affiliated with Natixis Investment Managers. Excluding H2O Asset Management.
3 A brand of DNCA Finance.