MetLife IM eyes Japanese investors

The investment management arm of the insurance giant is planning to bolster its partnerships with Japanese institutional clients.

MetLife Investment Management (MIM), has hired Maya Kiyokawa as a director to push the company’s business development in Japan, according to a statement.

Prior to joining MetLife, Kiyokawa was a director of the alternative product sales department in Teneo Partners, a cross-border fund marketing company in Japan. Before that, she also held senior roles at Deutsche Asset Management (Japan) Limited and Fidelity Investments Japan Limited in senior client services roles.

“Her international relationship management background, which includes more than16 years of direct experience and more than 25 years of valuable professional experience, will be an asset to MetLife as we grow MIM’s institutional asset management business in Asia, a vital and growing market for us,” said Joseph Pollaro, chief operating officer of MIM, commenting on the appointment.

In her new role, Kiyokawa will work on partnerships with retirement funds, insurance companies, government funds and trust banks in Japan. This will aim to raise MetLife’s profile in private debt and equity markets for real estate, infrastructure and corporate private placement bonds in Japan.

MIM is MetLife’s institutional investment management business. MIM is responsible for investments in a range of asset classes, including corporate and infrastructure private placement debt, real estate equity, commercial mortgage loans, customised index strategies, structured finance, emerging market debt and high yield debt.