Goldman Shakes Up Asia M&A Team after John Kim Leaves (And Other People on the Move)

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Bank splits M&A leadership role between two rising stars

Goldman Sachs has hired two new leaders to operate the company’s M&A group in Asia ex-Japan. The firm has appointed co-heads Raghav Maliah and Jung Min to replace partner John Kim. Maliah joined Goldman in 2000. He recently served as global vice-chairman of investment banking and co-head of the bank’s technology, media and telecom group in Asia ex-Japan. Min joined Goldman Sachs in 2005. He served as the co-head of the TMT.

John Kim is leaving Goldman Sachs to join the Carlyle Group in March. He will become managing director of Carlyle’s Asia buyout team. He will also lead the firm’s investment activities in South Korea. This is a new position based in Hong Kong. Kim joined Goldman in 2000 and became head of the M&A team in the region in 2014.

“John is an experienced leader in the region and has a wide range of experience working on significant transactions throughout Asia,” said X.D. Yang, Managing Director and Chairman of Carlyle Asia. “We believe his background and deep understanding of the Korean market will help us position the business for the future and continue to create value for all of our stakeholders in the region.”

Here are other People on the Move.

Former Goldman Sachs Leader Joins Blockchain.com

  • Howard Surloff is the new general counsel at Blockchain.com. After 25 years at BlackRock and Goldman Sachs, Surloff now will focus on expediting the legal, compliance, and corporate governance of Blockchain.com. “Howard’s passion for legal, compliance and operational excellence in new markets will be vital to executing our strategy globally,” said Peter Smith, Co-founder and CEO and Blockchain.com. “We’re excited to have Howard on board, and I have no doubt we’ll do great things together.”
  • Razer Fintech, the fintech arm of Razer Inc. has appointed Koh Boon Hwee to the Razer Fintech’s Advisory Board. The company is one of the largest digital payment networks in Southeast Asia. Koh Boon Hwee launched his career at Hewlett-Packard, rising to become its Managing Director in Singapore, and was the Executive Chairman of the Wuthelam Group for ten years.
  • Janus Henderson has named Norbert Fullerton to the head of institutional client strategy, EMEA. This is a new, London-based position that will give Fullerton leadership over the companies strategic initiatives for EMEA clients. Fullerton comes over from MJ Hudson Allenbridge, where he served as a senior adviser.
  • MassMutual has named Gina Golson Nunery to the role of head of consultant relations for workplace solutions. Nunery will handle relationships with consulting firms that work on retirement plans.

Other People on the Move

  • KKR announced two senior appointments within its Global Impact business. The firm said that Stanislas de Joussineau will lead KKR’s Global Impact team in Europe. Meanwhile, Sharon Yang will join KKR Global Impact as a senior investor in Asia. Robert Antablin and Ken Mehlman, Co-Heads of KKR Global Impact, said in a statement that the appointments underscore the firm’s “commitment to growing KKR Global Impact in Europe and Asia.”
  • Stephanie Butcher is set to become the CIO of Invesco at the end of the year. Butcher will replace Nick Mustoe as CIO of the $1.1 trillion asset manager at the end of the year. Mustoe is departing the company after running the firm’s investment team since 2010. As a result, he will step down from the Invesco Pan European Equity Income Fund, the Invesco European Equity Income Fund (UK), and the Invesco European Equity Fund (UK).

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