Sumi Trust appoints lead strategist

Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Group (Sumi Trust) has appointed Katzunori Kitakura as lead strategist based in Tokyo, taking over the role previously held by Genzo Kimura, who has moved to become economist/strategist at GPIF, the Japanese Government Pension Investment Fund.

Kitakura will be responsible for providing market research and analysis on a global basis for the $430bn manager.

He first joined Sumi Trust in 1984 as a proprietary trader, and has gone on to work in various units of the business worldwide, including the London Unit, the Market Making and the Global Markets Unit. Most recently, he was associate general manager of the Global Markets Business Planning Department.

Kitakura was a member of the Tokyo Foreign Exchange Market Committee from 2006 to 2012. His prescience and keen market awareness led him to become a regular forex commentator on “Morning Satellite” (2002-2009), a live TV business news programme in Japan. He speaks fluent English and holds a BA in Economics from Keio University, where he was also a pitcher for the university’s baseball team.

Jonathan Boyd
Editorial Director of Open Door Media Publishing Ltd, and Editor of InvestmentEurope. Jonathan has over two decades of media experience in Japan, Australia, Canada and the UK. Over the past 17 years he has been based in London writing about funds and investments. From editing the newsletter of the Swedish Chamber of Commerce in Japan in the 1990s he now focuses on Nordic markets for InvestmentEurope. Jonathan was awarded Editor of the Year at the Professional Publishers Association (PPA) Independent Publisher Awards 2017. Shortlisted for the same in 2016, he was also shortlisted in 2017 and 2015 for the broader PPA Awards category Editor of the Year (Business Media).

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