William Blair Investment Management appoints Head of Asian Distribution

William Blair Investment Management has appointed Lih-Yann Tan, CFA, as head of Asian Distribution, employed through its local affiliate William Blair International Singapore Pte Ltd. 

In this new role, Tan will be responsible for leading the firm’s institutional and wholesale distribution across Asia, bringing relationship management, deep asset management expertise and strong performance of William Blair’s investment teams to investors throughout the region. Tan will be based in the firm’s Singapore office and will report to Tom Ross, partner, and head of International Distribution.

 
Tan joins William Blair with more than 20 years of asset management experience in Asia. In her prior roles, she has held senior client-facing positions managing top-tier client/consultant relationships and has successfully led institutional business development in the Asia Pacific (ex-Japan) and Middle Eastern regions. She was most recently head of Institutional Business Development, Asia ex Japan at NN Investment Partners, and previously worked at Lion Global Investors Limited and DBS Asset Management (now known as Nikko Asset Management).
 
“We are delighted to welcome Lih-Yann to lead our Asian distribution efforts,” says Stephanie Braming, CFA, Partner, and global head of William Blair Investment Management. “She has a deep understanding of clients in the region and extensive experience with institutional investors, financial institutions, and private banks. We have actively expanded our footprint in Europe and Asia over the last several years, building on our deep heritage of delivering strong client results. Lih-Yann’s deep knowledge of Asian investors will expand our engagement, and reinforces our long term success of investing across asset classes globally.”
 
“Asia represents an important growth opportunity for us and we are confident that Lih-Yann is the ideal person to lead our efforts there,” says Tom Ross. “Lih-Yann is a seasoned professional and her strengths as a leader and breadth and depth of experience in the region will help position us to grow our business and support our Asian clients.”