20th August 2019
NatWest Markets today announced the following update to its operations in Japan.
Kenji Yamamoto has decided to step down from his current position as Japan Country Executive and President of NatWest Markets Securities Japan Limited (NWMSJ) after completing four successful years in the office. He will be staying on in a Chairman capacity to provide stewardship for the business and continuity with key client relationships.
Yusuke Asai has joined NWMSJ as Advisor and the plan is for him to take over as Japan Country Executive and President of NWMSJ on 1 November 2019 upon receiving the necessary regulatory approval. He will report to Thomas Siegmund, Head of Asia Pacific for NatWest Markets and will be a member of the NatWest Markets APAC Management Committee.
Yusuke joins NWMSJ from Citibank, where he was Deputy President of Citigroup Japan and Member of the Board, responsible for investment banking activities as Head of the division. Prior to Citi, he was CEO of RGA Reinsurance Company, Japan Branch and Managing Director at Goldman Sachs Japan where he spent 13 years focusing on investment banking activities. He started his career in 1990 at the Shoko Chukin Bank.
Commenting on the appointment, Thomas said: “I am delighted that Asai san has joined NatWest Markets. His deep knowledge of the Japanese market and customers will provide strong leadership to drive forward NWMSJ’s strategic growth plans in Japan.”