BNY Mellon appoints ex-Nomura exec as head of Japan

The Bank of New York Mellon has appointed Kunio Watanabe as Japan country executive and representative for its Tokyo Branch. 

Watanabe (pictured), who started on May 7, becomes responsible for leading the BNY Mellon business in Japan, and will be a member of the bank’s Asia Pacific Leadership Council, according to a media release. 

Watanabe joins BNY Mellon from Nomura, where he most recently executive chairman of Nomura Holding America and, prior to that, CEO of Nomura Asset Management.

He has nearly four decades of experience in financial services across a range of areas including investment banking, wealth management and asset management. His professional experience extends across Europe, Asia and the United States.

“Japan is a critically important market for BNY Mellon,” said Fangfang Chen, head of Asia Pacific at BNY Mellon, in the media release. “Kunio’s significant experience in financial services will be pivotal as we continue to support clients with technology, services and expertise across our platforms, so they can meet their goals across the entire financial lifecycle.”

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