People

Noriyuki MORIMOTO
Chief Executive Officer

Founded HC Asset Management in November 2002. As a pioneer investment consultant in Japan, he established the investment consulting business of Watson Wyatt K.K. (Tokyo Office) in 1990, where he was Director & Consultant for 13 years. zHis responsibilities also included benefit consulting and financial services consulting. Prior to joining Watson Wyatt, he was responsible for foreign fixed income investment, asset allocation and investment strategy at Mitsui Life Insurance Co., where he managed assets for the company's variable life products and group annuities as a fund manager. He spent two and half years in London managing fixed income assets. He started his investment career as Japanese equity analyst at Mitsui Life. Bachelor of Arts (Philosophy), The University of Tokyo.

Akane HASHIMOTO
Managing Director, Investment and Research

Joined HC in February 2003 as a consultant. Since then, she has been actively involved in Investment & Research activities as well as business development. Currently, she is responsible for Investment & Research activities as well as client relations activities. Prior to joining HC, she spent four years at Watson Wyatt (now Towers Watson) as an investment and business consultant. She began her career at The Bank of Tokyo (now Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd.), spending five years in the capital markets group. Bachelor of Arts (Economics), The University of Tokyo.

Hajime NISHIKAWA
Director, Chief Operating Officer

Joined HC in August 2007. Since then, he has been actively involved in trade activities and corporate management. Prior to joining HC, he spent 29 years at Mitsui Life Insurance Co., where he managed assets for the company as a fund manager and investment officer. Later he conducted the company's foreign business and internal audits in the investment area. He started his investment career as a Japanese equity analyst at Mitsui Life. Bachelor of Arts (Commerce), Hitotsubashi University.

Investment and Research Team

Tomoo SHIRAKI

Joined HC in August 2011, as a portfolio manager. Since then, he has been actively involved in Investment & Research activities. Prior to joining HC, he was engaged in product development at SMBC Nikko Securities Inc. He began his career at Mitsui Life Insurance Co. and covered investment and life insurance businesses. Bachelor of Arts (Economics), Waseda University.

Masaru YAMAGISHI

Joined HC in May 2015 as a portfolio manager. Prior to joining HC, he worked for Finnowave Investments Inc., an independent asset management company focusing on Japanese equity long short strategy, since 2010 as CIO and risk manager. His experience includes asset allocation, Japan equity, Japan fixed income, foreign currency and foreign fixed income at Sumitomo Mitsui Asset Management and Mitsui Life Insurance Co. Bachelor of Engineering, The University of Tokyo CMA

Tomoyuki YANAI

Joined HC in April 2008 as client relations manager. He is now actively involved in strategy research and monitoring. Prior to joining HC, he gained experience in various fields of the asset management business, including reporting, currency management, foreign fixed income investment, consulting, risk management and administration at Mitsui Life Insurance Co. Ph.D. in International Economics, Aoyama Gakuin University and Bachelor of Arts (Economics), Keio University. He is also a CMA holder.

Rika SUGIMOTO

Joined HC in April 2015 after graduating from university.
In addition to her role as an analyst covering various investment strategies and providing high touch client services, Rika is primarily responsible for organizing HC's monthly seminars which introduce the firm's investment philosophy to an expanding investor base.
Bachelor of Arts (Commerce), Chuo University.

Yutaka WADA

Joined HC in April 2016 after graduating from graduate school.
He is currently serving as an analyst covering various strategies and client serving responsibilities.
He is also responsible for fund/portfolio econometric analysis.
Master of Arts (Economics), Hitotsubashi University.

Masaaki HOSONO

Joined HC in October 2017. He started his career at Obihiro Shinkin Bank(one of a regional financial institution in Japan), he served as the Managing Director since 2008 after being charge of the Department General Manager of Business Promotion, Risk Management, Fund Investment and Compliance. He was the key person who decided that Obihiro Shinkin Bank entrusted funds management to asset management firms for the first time. His mission is to bridge regional financial institutions and HC, and provide solutions to those suffering from investments. Bachelor of Biology, the University of Hokkaido.

Takashi SENGOKU

Joined HC in November 2017 from Sumitomo Corporation, one of Japanese integrated trading houses, where he has been involved in the structured finance, private equity and M&A for 35 years. His excellence in business management is mainly focused on aircraft operating leasing , digital banking & private equity fund business, also keeping familiar association with Megabanks. His career assures investment banking expertise for HC business organic growth. Bachelor of Law, University of Tokyo,

Toshiya SAKEMI

Joined HC in April 2018 after graduating from university.
He is responsible to support portfolio managers and share various strategies and client servicing responsibilities.
Bachelor of Arts (Economics), University of Nagasaki.

Hana TOKAI

Joined HC in August 2018, had been seconded from a Japanese financial institution she joined in April 2007.
She is currently serving as an analyst covering various strategies and client servicing responsibilities.
Bachelor of Arts (Literature), Waseda University.

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