DWS Appoints Vanessa Wang as Head of Asia Pacific

Vanessa Wang will assume a new role at DWS as Head of APAC from 1 April 2023, taking over from Holger Naumann, who will return to Frankfurt as part of a planned retirement. Based in Hong Kong, Vanessa will report to Stefan Hoops, Chief Executive Officer of DWS. She will also retain her current role as Head of Client Coverage, APAC.

Commenting on Vanessa’s new appointment, Stefan Hoops, CEO of DWS said: “Vanessa has long been familiar with the region and has demonstrated impressive leadership skills in knowing our business. Her appointment represents the importance of APAC as a strategic region to DWS. We are happy to be able to cater to the needs of our clients on the ground together with and via our strong strategic partners Harvest, Nippon Life, and KBAM. The fact that we have just extended our strategic partnership with Nippon Life for another five years after a successful first phase is also a real testament to the joint efforts and tireless work of Holger, Vanessa and their team in the region,”

“At the same time, I want to thank Holger personally, for his contribution and commitment to DWS and the region. We wish him all the best for the future in his new role in Frankfurt”, Stefan Hoops added.

Vanessa Wang joined DWS as Head of Client Coverage, APAC in September 2021. Before this, she held senior leadership roles at Amundi where she was responsible for the institutional business in North Asia and the USA; at Citi where she led the pensions business in APAC; and at Mercer in Beijing as its Partner and Asia Head of Retirement Risk and Finance Business.

Holger Naumann has been Head of APAC in the last four years and was based in Hong Kong and subsequently, Singapore. He is a veteran at DWS and Deutsche Bank Group, having a career in the group spanning 42 years. As planned, Holger Naumann will return to the Frankfurt office to take on other responsibilities in the company after completing his work in APAC, entering retirement at the end of the year.

Vanessa Wang, Head of Client Coverage, and designated Head of APAC remarked: “I am extremely excited to lead the region to continue to make our business even more client-centric and further strengthening our footprint in one of the most interesting growth regions in the world.”


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