Aberdeen Standard Investments (ASI) has strengthened its Australian distribution team with the appointment of Vishal Sharma as Institutional Director for Australia and New Zealand, based in Sydney.

Vishal will build and broaden ASI’s relationships with key institutional investors in Australia and New Zealand, including superannuation funds and insurance companies, and help deliver tailored solutions to meet their long-term investment objectives. He reports jointly to Andrew Hendry, Head of Distribution – Asia Pacific and Brett Jollie, Managing Director – Australia.

Vishal has over 15 years’ institutional sales and relationship management experience in asset management and investment consulting in Sydney and London. He joins ASI from investment consultant bfinance, where he supported institutional investors with investment implementation. Vishal worked previously in institutional business development and consultant relations roles with M&G Investments, Schroders, and Legal & General Investment Management.

Brett Jollie, Managing Director – Australia at Aberdeen Standard Investments, commented:

“We are very pleased to welcome Vishal to our business. His appointment signals our commitment to investing in our business and growing our presence in Australia and New Zealand, as we continue to provide institutional investors with a broad spectrum of global investment capabilities and ESG-embedded solutions to help them navigate the challenging markets and invest for a better future.”

Andrew Hendry, Head of Distribution – Asia-Pacific at Aberdeen Standard Investments, said:

“As an active investment manager, we have a vital role to play in the savings, retirement planning and financial eco-system. During these uncertain times investors are facing significant disruption, so deepening client engagements has never been more critical for us. Vishal’s strong experience and understanding of institutional investors’ needs will be integral to delivering the right solutions to address their investment challenges and supporting our growth ambition across the region.”