FTSE Group, the index company, will expand its business activities in Asia Pacific throughout 2003 with a focus on Japan. To achieve this, FTSE has appointed Paul Hoff, a well-respected professional with over twenty years financial services experience in Japan, as Managing Director of Asia Pacific for FTSE Group.
Paul will open FTSE Group’s first office in Tokyo where he will be based and assumes responsibility for Group’s activities in the whole of the Asia Pacific region including managing FTSE’s existing office in Hong Kong, which started operating in 2000.
In his role at FTSE Group, Paul will oversee business development in Asia Pacific and will work to develop further partnership initiatives in the local financial community. Paul will also direct the sales, marketing and client services functions for the region.
Prior to joining FTSE Group, Paul was Director of Planning at HSBC Japan. During his 17 years with HSBC in Japan, Paul worked in Japanese equity, research and sales, equity capital markets, corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions. He was initially responsible for establishing the James Capel & Co. securities branch, the forerunner to HSBC Securities Tokyo branch.
Donald Keith, Deputy Chief Executive of FTSE Group, in charge of regional business units, said: “Paul Hoff’s appointment ensures that we are able to build on the excellent partnerships we have already established locally.”
Hoff has lived in Asia for 30 years and speaks fluent Japanese as well as Korean. He is on the Board of Governors of the Tokyo American Club and is a member of the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan.