American Century adds to local team

Elizabeth Trinh
American Century Investments - Head of Hong Kong and South East Asia.
Date: 19 September 2022
Position: Head of Hong Kong and South East Asia.
By Elizabeth Fry

American Century Investments has bolstered its Asia-Pacific team by making three promotions and one new hire.

The new appointments will see three executives taking on new roles in Sydney and one departing Australia for Hong Kong.

Elizabeth Trinh, previously head of Australia and New Zealand for the global asset manager, will head up Hong Kong and South East Asia.

Trinh has been with American Century since 2010. She arrived from Macquarie Group, where she was an associate manager.

In the newly created role, she will be responsible for further expanding the company's actively managed investment capabilities in the Southeast Asian markets.

In addition, Michelle Kidd has been appointed to head of Australian and New Zealand institutional business, while Alastair McKibbin will run the Australian wholesale business.

McKibbin is filling a newly created role.

Kidd has served as vice president of American Century's institutional advisory group since 2018.

Earlier, she worked at Affiliated Managers Group and Investors Mutual.

For his part, McKibbin has been with the global asset manager for over three years and will relocate to Sydney from New York, where he was vice president, of global strategic relationships, with a particular focus on Latin America.

He joined American Century from State Street Global Advisors, where he was head of ETF Managed Portfolio Solutions for the US SPDR ETF Business.

McKibbin has also worked at AllianceBernstein, ING Australia and Colonial First State.

As for the new hire, Tom Clapham has been appointed head of APAC, following the retirement of Tony Archer and will relocate to Sydney from Singapore.

Clapham joins American Century from Aviva Investors, where he was head of the Asia, client Group, a role he has held for almost five years.

He has previously worked at AXA Investment Managers, Macquarie Group and Deutsch Bank.

Jamie Downing, American Century's global head of institutional business, says the new appointments further establish the firm's commitment, expertise and offering in the Asia Pacific region.

We have long seen the APAC region as an important market in our growth strategy, and in the past few years have seen increasing interest across our boutiques, particularly in our actively managed equity and fixed income offerings," he said.

"These appointments will ensure we continue to build strong and enduring relationships with investors in these markets, both institutional and wholesale, at a time when the skills and experience of our investment teams are increasingly valued by clients."