Dutch-headquartered asset manager Robeco has appointed two senior sales to its Asia institutional team – Young Ju Hong as head of business development for Korea, based in Hong Kong, and Jessica Choong as director of institutional business for Southeast Asia, based in Singapore.
Young Ju Hong has almost 15 years of industry experience, working in both asset management firms and with asset owners. She joins Robeco from MFS International in Hong Kong where she was managing the institutional relationships of mainly Korean clients. Prior to that, she worked at TCW Asia and Amundi Asset Management in their Hong Kong office. She also served as a global equity portfolio manager with the Korea National Pension Service in Seoul for over five years. She began her career as an investment analyst at Polunin Capital Partners based in London.
Jessica Choong brings over 13 years’ experience in asset management, primarily in client-facing functions. She joins Robeco from Janus Henderson Investors where she covered Southeast Asia institutional sales for three years. Prior to that, she was working at Schroders and PineBridge Investments. She started her career at Western Asset Management and held client servicing responsibilities across the region while based in the firm's Singapore and Australia offices.
“Our institutional business in Asia has been growing continuously in the past few years, driven by strong client interest in our quantitative, credit and sustainable investing capabilities,” says Graham Elliot, Robeco’s head of institutional business for Asia ex-Japan. “[Young and Choong’s] extensive experience working with asset owners in their respective markets will help deliver our investment solutions that best fit clients’ objectives – whether it is sustainability or investment returns.”