People Digest: Aberdeen appoints Jason Nyilas for Australia role; JLL names HK MD

Jason Nyilas, Aberdeen Standard Investments head of retirement and product strategy for Australia

Aberdeen Standard Investments has hired Jason Nyilas as head of retirement for Australia while property consultancy JLL named Gavin Morgan as Managing Director in Hong Kong.

Aberdeen Standard Investments names head of retirement for Australia

Global asset manager Aberdeen Standard Investments(ASI) has named Jason Nyilas as Australian Head of Retirement & Product Strategy, according to a statement.

In his role, Nyilas will be responsible for engaging the market on retirement income needs and ultimately help provide retirement solutions for clients.

“The appointment of a highly experienced retirement specialist with a global perspective will allow us to commence those conversations and take a leading role in shaping the provision of retirement solutions in Australia,” said Aberdeen Standard Investments Australia Managing Director, Brett Jollie.

Jason joins ASI from EY where he was most recently seconded to Malaysia to develop the retirement framework for the Employees’ Provident Fund.

Prior to this he was a wealth management executive and partner at EY Australia. He previously worked for IBM as its Global Pensions Leader.

In May, ASI also appointed Bill Hartnett as its ESG Investment Director. The appointment, which has a focus on emerging markets and the Asia Pacific, bolsters the firm’s ESG capabilities.

ASI, a part of the Standard Life Aberdeen group, had around $643.3 billion of assets under management globally at the end of 2018.

JLL names Gavin Morgan as MD in Hong Kong

Property consultancy JLL has named Gavin Morgan, who is currently Chief Operating Officer for Greater China, as Managing Director, Hong Kong, according to an announcement.

Morgan takes over the position of Joseph Tsang, who will become Chairman of JLL in Hong Kong after serving eight years as managing director.

Tsang has worked in investment sales across the spectrum of property sectors – including land development, residential, industrial and office for 36 years.

Meanwhile, Morgan has over 25 years of experience in business growth, management, and commercial real estate.

He has worked in New York, London, and Hong Kong, focusing on capital transactions, agency leasing, tenant representation and investment strategy for leading multinationals and investors.

Since joining JLL in 2001, he has held a range of increasingly senior roles in the Greater China and Americas business, advising multinational companies and investors in Hong Kong, and the U.S.

He will continue as COO for Greater China in addition to his new role.